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Bringing Technical Materials Engineering and Aluminum Information to the K-12

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Bringing Technical Materials Engineering and Aluminum Information to the K-12 Community

Kelly P. Wardlow and Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Institute for Metal Forming, Lehigh University

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Safety and Education

ABSTRACT --- After talking with many aluminum industry leaders, it seems as though
the lack of quality education in technological areas, specifically an understanding of
materials engineering and aluminum technologies, is an important problem to
overcome in the pursuit of excelling production, in gaining a global market, and in
developing innovative techniques and products. Unfortunately, many K-12 teachers do
not know about these technologies or understand how such information can tie into
school curriculum or benefit students. The Lehigh University Institute for Metal Forming
(IMF) along with the Lehigh Education College have developed a K-12 outreach
program that disseminates materials engineering and aluminum information into local
schools through demonstrations, Web sites, lesson plans, and sending engineering
students to teach in local K-12 schools. This paper will outline the steps the IMF took to
develop this program, and what other universities and industries can do to help bring
about aluminum technological understanding. The model shows how a university of
any size or any company can make a difference.

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