Materials World Modules

An Inquiry & Design-Based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program

Forging a New Partnership With Liberty Science Center, NJ (Jul. 2003)

MWM content developers Matthew Hsu and Jennifer Cocson visited Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, on July 21, 2003, to hold a workshop with Liberty Science Center leaders and Picatinny personnel.

The goal of the meeting was for MWM and Picatinny to forge a new partnership with Liberty Science Center, whose mission is to be a “learning resource for lifelong exploration of nature, humanity and technology, supporting the growth of our diverse region and promoting informed stewardship of the world.” The hope is that the Liberty Science Center will be a resource for educators and students in New Jersey-area schools and colleges who use MWM materials.

After Matthew gave a 20-minute slide presentation of the overview of the MWM Program, Matthew and Jennifer conducted several experiments with the 12 attendees to give them some hands-on experience with the kinds of inquiry-based activities students encounter in the modules. Participants gained a “taste” of the Composites and Smart Sensors modules and were very enthusiastic. Indeed, the modules are very much in line with what the Liberty Science Center promotes in their organization.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on the various ways the Liberty Science Center could incorporate and support the use of the MWM Program. Special thanks to Ray Pawlicki, head of the Defense Ordnance Technology Center, who coordinated the event at Picatinny.

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