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Grant Opportunity for Materials Science Outreach Program

Richard Souza, who is leading the Materials Research Society's involvement in the NISE Network, forwarded me this announcement about a small grant opportunity open to our partners. There's more information below, but please note that the application due date is April 1. The grant is for organizing outreach activities in connection with the release of Making Stuff, a PBS tv series on materials science. One of the four episodes is focused on nanotechnology, and nano will be a common thread throughout the segments.

Here's the release:

MAKING STUFF, an exciting four-part PBS television series premiering in fall 2010, and its nation-wide education outreach campaign about the materials that are transforming our world, is looking for up to 15 Outreach Coalitions to join us in an entertaining and educational exploration. Using the turnkey MAKING STUFF resources, each local or regional Outreach Coalition will host events, demonstrations, workshops, and science cafes for youth, families, young adults, educators, engineers, and scientists to come together and explore materials science.

WGBH, Boston’s public television station and producer of NOVA and NOVA ScienceNOW, and the Materials Research Society (MRS) have teamed up to create MAKING STUFF. We are inviting lead institutions to apply on behalf of a community of partners for an Outreach Coalition grant. Grantees will receive a $6,000 stipend and the MAKING STUFF Resource Toolkit. Please accept our invitation to seek out community partnerships and join us as we embark on this remarkable science & technology exploration.

More information can be found in the attached RFP and Application. Applications are due by April 1st.

If you have any questions or need help making local connections to other interested groups, contact:

  • Richard Souza, at MRS, email: souza@mrs.org or
  • Thea Sahr at WGBH, email: thea_sahr@wgbh.org. or
  • Eric Marshall at MRS, email: emarshall@aol.com

We invite you to join us in a dynamic science & technology program designed to entice young people and families into the world of materials science.

Richard Souza and Thea Sahr

I'd also encourage anyone interested in making connections to local museums or research centers to get in touch with their NISE Network regional hub leader.

* Have more questions?  Check out the Frequently Asked Questions that the Making Stuff team put together.

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