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CES EduPack™ Bulletin

November 2013

Quarterly materials education update from Granta Design

Teaching Resources
On the Blog...

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1. New website—explore the resources and join the conversation

Building on Granta’s wide range of existing resources for materials education, and responding to feedback from the people that use them, the new Teaching Resources Website makes it even easier to browse, search for, and download relevant resources for those teaching materials across science, design, and engineering courses.

Visit teachingresources.grantadesign.com 
  Discover more than 250 teaching resources developed by Prof. Mike Ashby, Granta’s Teaching Resources Team, and contributed by educators from around the world.

  • Discover more than 250 teaching resources developed by Prof. Mike Ashby, Granta’s Teaching Resources Team, and contributed by educators from around the world.
  • Access new video tutorials, lecture units, exercises, project files, white papers, posters, etc.
  • Collate your favorite resources.
  • Join your colleagues in this global forum to discuss materials education. 

If you already have a username and password, don't worry, you can login with the same details.


2. 'Evolution of materials' murals draw interest at opening of Cambridge University’s new Materials Science building—download a similar poster from the Teaching Resource Website

When Cambridge University opened their new £48m home for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy last month, many of those exploring the new facilities were drawn to murals depicting the evolution of materials through human history. These were provided by Granta and based on material property charts generated using CES EduPack. These provide a highly visual depiction of how innovation has led to not just more materials, but materials which cover an increasing range of crucial engineering properties. Visitors to the department are enjoying locating their own areas of material expertise on the charts: and it seems like a great way to get students interested as well.

Read the news report 

Educators using CES EduPack can download the ‘Evolution of Materials’ wall chart from the Teaching Resource Website. During November only, this poster will also be made available to anyone accessing the Teaching Resource Website through the Open Educational Resource (OER) scheme.

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3. Stay up to date with the latest teaching resources

To keep up to date on the latest teaching resources why not sign up for the Teaching Resource Highlights newsletter—a short e-mail that highlights recent additions as well as what people are talking about in the Materials Education Community?

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Events Top

4. Recent events—talking material properties, sustainability, and teaching

This Fall, Granta's education team have been busy taking part in conferences around the world. At MS&T, in Montreal, we discussed teaching about material properties. We also attended the Global Engineering Deans Council in Chicago, participating in discussions on international leadership for the advancement of engineering education, research, and service to the global community. Most recently, Granta joined the 3mes events at Anadolu University, Turkey, where we also ran a highly successful short courses on CES EduPack.

Sustainability generated significant interest both at the SEFI Annual Conference, with Prof. Ashby’s keynote presentation on introducing ideas of sustainable development to students of engineering, and when Granta’s Marc Fry co-chaired the Symposium on Education, Strategy, and Technology Transfer at EuroMat 2013 together with Prof. Mike Ashby and Dr. Arlindo Silva (IST Lisbon).

The community events page on the new Teaching Resources Website contains links to recent and upcoming events, conferences, and web seminars. If you're going along to an event we're at, please come and find us.

Visit the Teaching Resources Website's Community Events page 

5. 2014 Materials Education Symposia—call for posters; earlybird until Dec 31

Passionate about Materials Education? Want to meet like-minded people and exchange ideas?

After five successful years, the Materials Education Symposia are probably the biggest international meetings of university-level Materials Educators in the world. Join two days of talks, discussion sessions, networking, poster sessions, and a social program with plenty of opportunities to meet people and exchange ideas.
  Discussion session at the 2013 Symposium held at Cambridge University

Sign up now to be part of next year's events. Early-bird registration runs until December 31:

  • 5th North American Materials Education Symposium.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 20-21, 2014
  • 6th International Materials Education Symposium
    University of Cambridge, UK, April 10-11, 2014
  • 1st Asian Materials Education Symposium
    National University of Singapore, Dec 11-12, 2014

Sign up at www.materials-education.com 

The Advisory Committee have been impressed by the abstract submissions for the main presentations at the two Spring events, and will be announcing the speaker program next month. Abstracts for the 1st Asian Symposium (to be held in Singapore in December) are still being accepted. The Committee has also issued a call for poster abstracts from those who wish to describe their approaches to university-level materials education across science, engineering, and design. There is no restriction based on resources or teaching approach. All speakers, session chairs, and poster presenters will be invited to attend a pre-Symposia presenters' dinner.    Call for Abstracts

Call for poster abstracts 

The 2014 Materials Education Symposia are supported by: ASM International (the Materials Information Society); Cambridge University (Department of Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy); European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI); Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS); Granta Design; Materials Division, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

6. CES EduPack short courses—Putting CES EduPack into practice with
Prof. Ashby
(Spring 2014)

Prof. Mike Ashby will again be leading two short courses alongside the Materials Education Symposia in March and April. These will introduce and demonstrate the use of CES EduPack, with a particular focus on "Materials and the Environment". Professors, Lecturers, and Program Directors of university and college courses related to materials and manufacturing are all welcome to take part, working through a series of units each including a short lecture, a software demonstration, discussion time, and a "hands-on session" during which attendees can use the latest CES EduPack software. Granta's annual update to CES EduPack will be available early in 2014; join a course to try out the new software features, information, and teaching resources which it will offer.

Short course dates Venue More details
March 18-19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL North American course
April 9-10 University of Cambridge, UK International course

More details on the Symposia website 

7. Philadelphia’s CES EduPack workshop—how to teach it and use it in the classroom (Dec 6-7)

Dr. Ron Kander, Executive Dean of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and members of Granta's education team will be hosting an interactive workshop demonstrating resources for materials education on Friday, December 6 (from 12:30pm) and Saturday, December 7 (until 1pm)  in Philadelphia, PA. On the Friday afternoon, delegates will take part in an introduction to teaching with CES EduPack, including hands-on exercises and real-life case studies. The Saturday morning will build on these, demonstrating in-class interactive problem solving using CES EduPack.

Course agenda and online booking 


On the blog... Top

8. Forgotten materials—paper

Blog   “Some materials catch headlines, are held in awe, but not all.  Some get little respect, despite having changed the world.  They have become commonplace, anonymous, ignored and (particularly if they are cheap) cast aside when no longer wanted.  If they had feelings, they would be hurt.” This brief series of blogs is to draw attention to their plight, with the latest post asking ‘What about paper?’

Visit the Blog 

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