Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.
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The mission of the MWM Program is to develop an effective pre-college education curricula to prepare students with STEM literacy and equip them with 21st century skills set to become a competent and creative STEM workforce and a globally responsible citizenry based on the following MWM core values:
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MWM and NGSS standards
National Science (AAAS, NSES) and Math (NCTM) standards – as well as selected state Science and Math standards – have been mapped to the activities and design project(s) of most MWM modules. If you are interested in finding out whether the activities you are considering for your classroom meet the relevant standards, check out the following pages:
Through the following key select activities, students learn about the many functions of food packaging, besides protecting foods, and how food packaging materials affect the environment. Then they design their own environmentally friendly package for delivering a hot baked potato.
MWM will give students an opportunity to understand the world around them in a way they have never experienced before. The modules promote an awareness of the roles science and technology play in society and guide students to take increased control of their work.