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Granta provides resources and support for anyone teaching materials or related topics across the full range of disciplines in engineering, science, design, and sustainability. Our engaging, interactive, visual CES EduPack platform, and expansive Granta Education Hub, support students from an Introductory level through to advanced design projects. We coordinate a series of annual Materials Education Symposia.
We will be demonstrating
Learn Materials: Making an introductory, online materials resource
This year, Granta are hoping to put a very basic database of Materials, Processes and Products online. This database will be open and free and has been designed with two educational purposes in mind. Firstly, as a resource that people can use in outreach activities in the K-12 space, and secondly as a resource that can be used in that first two weeks of an Introduction to Materials course, when students are choosing if Materials is a field that they would like to pursue.
The database would include 20-30 materials, 5-10 of the most important associated properties, and the ability to display the data in a visually engaging manner. It would be interactive and enable students to explore which materials have which properties, in an easily accessible way. It will also contain data for 20 or so Processes and 20 or so Products, so that students can connect Materials knowledge to Products from everyday life and how they are made.
This paper will outline plans, database structures, content and associated resources, and if available by June, a link to a prototype. This is for the purpose of getting feedback from the ASEE Materials community.