The Education and Outreach (EO) program is an essential part of the CRISP MRSEC located at Yale and SCSU. CRISP offers activities that promote the interdisciplinary and innovative aspects of materials science to a diverse group of participants. The objective of the program is to enhance the education of future scientists, science teachers, K-12 students,parents, and the general public. Our goal is to offer interdepartmental and intercollegiate programs in modern materials science education to address the following needs:
- Improved scientific literacy of future voters and public officials
- More qualified science teachers who are well educated and socially diverse
- State-of-the-art research experiences for undergraduate students
- Increased multidisciplinary education and training for graduate students
CRISP EO programs have evolved based on a process of feedback and evaluation into its signature programs: MISE and MIMER. MIMER (MRSEC Initiative for STEM Education) focuses on enhancing the knowledge and skills of STEM students and professionals and synergistically integrates our REU and RET programs. MISE (MRSEC Initiative for Multidisciplinary Education and Research) aims to enhance STEM recruitment and retention of students and teachers at high school, community college, and university levels, with specific attention given to underrepresented groups. Both initiatives were developed and refined using a process of embedded mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) assessment.
CRISP EO has developed a website particularly for local educators and STEM professionals. The goal of this website is to provide educational resources to local area educators, with particular focus on New Haven, through various outlets: professional development, educational and curricular resources and a forum.