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Middle School and High School Materials Science Activities
These activities were all developed for the Materials Camp program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), which began in 2011. The camp is a five-day, non-residential program designed to introduce mostly local 10th-12th grade students to the field of materials engineering and the opportunities available to study engineering at UAB. Not all activities are specific to materials engineering, and many could be adapted for younger or older students in a variety of contexts.
This is a resource from the Girls Learning About Materials (GLAM) outreach camp run at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The learning objectives for this activity are:
- Students will compare and contrast different types of fracture behavior (ductile/brittle).
- Students will understand how to characterize fracture properties.
- Students will apply their knowledge of fracture to predict how different cheeses will fail.
- Students will discuss how geometry plays a role in fracture behavior.