How well do you think that materials science is portrayed to school kids, especially those headed for college and what would you propose to improve the number taking the materials science route.What could people in the industry be doing better to help get kids involved?
Tata Steel - India has a strong program to sensitise school students on career in metallurgy/ material science.In similar lines of ASM's outreach program.They spend a lot of money and efforts to induce interest in material science for young students.Seem successful.Industry need to engage in such initiatives to encourage, enthuse students to enter materials engg.In their interest as is the best way they can ensure quality resource inputs.As long as civilization is around materials field would keep shining.The message need to be implanted in young minds as they prepare to get into college.C. RENGANATHANDirector
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Hello all,I think that students are more familiar with jobs such as mechanical engineer, physicists, etc that they probably see in their everyday life. Personally, when I was a student a long time ago, I do not even remember knowing what metallurgy is. And now I cannot imagine doing anything else.It would be good to teach the students about the usefulness of materials and how they actually have helped humanity from the ancient years. Everything around us is materials! In the past, we organized an event inviting high school students. We showed them the optical and SEM microscopes and we gave them the opportunity to observe whatever material they wanted. Hairs, metals, fracture surfaces, composites, etc. In terms of the importance of mechanical properties, we gave them the example of Titanic. We even used marshmallows at room temperature and in liquid nitrogen to show them how the temperature can affect the properties. They were excited! Some of them started thinking about materials engineering as an interesting job.In terms of industrial tours, I really believe that they are extremely important, and the industry should open the doors in collaboration with the schools. However, I agree that it may not be that attractive to the new generation. Unfortunately, young people expect an environment like Google and other famous companies. Of course, this is not realistic but, in my opinion, the industry should take into consideration these expectations if it wants to attract more young people in the field.Best,
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