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Science teacher at tech workshop

Bryan Field, a science teacher at Conant High School, attended an ASM Materials Science camp at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. This was the first of these camps to be held in New England.

During the five-day workshop, teachers learned the basics of Materials Science and its applications, and conducted many labs and activities which elucidated the properties of materials that are low-cost and suitable for students.

The Educational Foundation of ASM International provides the syllabus for these camps. Materials Science involves physics, chemistry and engineering and is called ‘the enabling technology’: most inventions rely on some new material with special properties. New England is a center of Materials Science research and development work, and there is a need for experts in this field.

All those attending, whether science teachers or technical-education teachers, said at the end of the week that they had learned many new ways to engage their students in the coming school year.

The camp was free for teachers. Contributions to the camp’s organization were made by the Educational Foundation, and the Boston and Rhode Island chapters of ASM International, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and also by local companies H.C. Starck Inc. of Newton, Instron Corp. of Norwood and Wyman-Gordon of Grafton, as well as Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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