CSPIN has a number of outreach efforts to local schools.
Educational kits: CSPIN is developing a number of kits and presentation
materials to relate the complexity and challenge of material science and
engineering. Kits are being prepared for LED's, piezoelectric materials,
polymers and scanning probe microscopy.
Ugly Bug Contest: Center scientists can image objects sent in
by students, using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and
scanning probe microscopy. Images of these objects can be returned to
students via the internet, and students can engage in a real-time conversation
with the scientist. This project, often used to scan insects, can be extended
to any object of interest to the students.