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LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

Partnership Infuses Materials Science Curriculum Directly into High School Classrooms

Leveraging the success of the 2015 ASM Teachers Materials Science Camps, LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow – and the ASM Materials Education Foundation are introducing a new program to disseminate both organizations’ materials science content and infuse it into high school curriculum nationwide.

In many schools, basic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) building blocks are either nonexistent or lack meaningful, up-to-date-information, creating a disconnect between the curriculum and real world examples. Often, this leaves students to wonder “so what?” instead of “how could I?”

Through the LIFT-ASM partnership, the curriculum content to be delivered directly to high school classrooms focuses on the properties of materials—the science on which all manufacturing is based—as well as specific teaching strategies. These include an aligned curriculum and applied learning labs featuring a capstone project that integrates materials selection, component design, and processing.