Welcome to Material Science Technology!In this course, split into 2 semesters, students will be provided the opportunity to learn about all kinds of materials and how they are used in today's world. There will be class room instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on training in areas such as solids, metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Students can expect a fair amount of academic rigor to be connected to application activities where we will learn how to safely create items, stress test others, and use extreme heat and pressure to complete change processes in various materials. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in our SkillsUSA student led leadership club, where we will travel for conferences and contests connected to job skills demonstrations.It is a requirement that all students pass our Safety Test for Material Science, earning a score of 100%, prior to being able to participate in the hands-on lab activities. Students should check their school email to obtain the sign in link and the password to take the test.New for the 2017-18 school year is some exciting new technology where we will be working with a variety of materials, and exploring corrosion and materials strength testing, both destructive and non-destructive testing. We have expert volunteers joining us this year to help you learn new skills with TIG Welding and fabrication processes. We have also added more equipment for experience in different manufacturing processes utilizing polymers and glass, including more kilns for glass fusing, and a plastic injection molding machine.Material Science Technology I primarily has a focus on Solids, Metals, & Ceramics, which includes things such as making alloys and working with glass. Fun projects with fusing glass in this class. There will be a few demos and or labs as well that will connect with Polymers, Plastics, & Composites.Material Science Technology II primarily has a focus on Polymers, Plastics, & Composites and includes projects with wood, concrete, foam molding, etc. There is some crossover and review from MST I to MST II, and MST II back to MST I, so, for the full experience, sign up for both!This class utilizes labs and demonstrations on almost a daily basis. The labs are numerous and take a lot of time to set up, so being absent usually means the student will miss the lab or demonstration and may not be able to complete the related reflection assignment. It may not be possible to make up missed labs since the lab supplies will be cleaned up and put away with another lab in its place, quite often changing daily.It is very important that students are present, on time and participating daily! We will do as many as 40 labs in a semester plus projects to complete and take home. If you are absent for any reason, you will be missing out on the offered learning experiences, and your grade will reflect your lost time and effort. On the flip side--- get to class on time and you will have fun, play with a bunch of stuff, and most importantly learn a lot of really cool things that will just amaze you!
Last Modified on May 7, 2020