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Video: Materials camp for teachers recap


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Some 30 teachers came to the Princeton Center for Complex Materials to conduct hands-on material science labs and learn more to take back to classrooms.


Video Closed Captions

(lab noises and chatter)

Dan Steinberg:
This is a five-day intensive camp to teach materials science to material

Dan Steinberg:
science teachers taught by master teachers and Princeton professors. A hundred percent

Dan Steinberg:
of the teachers have told me how much they love this camp, how much they loved meeting

Dan Steinberg:
the professors, meeting each other, networking with each other and really having a hands-on

Dan Steinberg:
experience for their students that really brings an excitement for science to these students.

(music)

Sulekha Bhasin:
It's recharging my batteries completely. I'm recharged now. I'm getting

Sulekha Bhasin:
new stuff that I'm getting excited about and I hope I can bring the excitement to my kids

Sulekha Bhasin:
and they get excited about what I am teaching.

Teacher:
...these connected beads in space...

Rick Register:
We hope that by making ourselves available and as a resource we can play

Rick Register:
a positive role. I think it's important that everybody have some general appreciation of

Rick Register:
the importance of science and technology in our daily lives.

(music)

Tom Doggart:
I'm here with the camp. I'm one of the "explainers."

Tom Doggart:
I'm a metallurgist that ASM brought in here to add some real world background to the teaching.

(music)

Interviewer:
What's it like being here?

Etzel Brower:
It's like rollerblading, okay, with one foot and doing many turns, a few airborne

Etzel Brower:
transitions, and then of course, an exponential up and over.

Teacher:
We cover ceramics. We cover composites, metals, polymers and also the modern materials

Teacher:
that are happening in the research lab today. This is our sixth year. We have trained over

Teacher:
150 teachers so far in this materials camp. These teachers have been able to reach thousands of students.

Michael Ireland:
It was because of this course that I took here several years ago that I

Michael Ireland:
am now teaching, two years already, a materials science class at our school.

Michael Ireland:
You want to talk about excitement from someone who is 40 years old or someone who is 16 years old,

Michael Ireland:
you take a copper penny and turn it into gold right in front of your eyes and that gets your interest.

Kerri Pettersen:
I have a lot already in the day and a half we've been here that I can

Kerri Pettersen:
take back to my classroom and hopefully spark my students' interest and get them interested in science.

Sulekha Bhasin:
I want kids to love science. It's a science world.

Michael Ireland:
It's just science.

(music)

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