The Princeton Center for Complex Materials conducts a wide variety of k-12 education programs that inspire and excite students about materials science and engineering, and science in general. Our programs range from one-day, large scale programs for middle school students to intensive 2-3 week project-based academies for high school students. PCCM faculty directly interact with students to share their knowledge and contribute to a self-identity as a scientist or engineer within the students. All our programs are founded in sound education research, using evidence-based practices to maximize the benefit of the involvement of our scientists and engineers.

K-12 Program Highlights

  • Daway Chou-Ren and Thomas Hartke, former PRISM Imaging and Analysis Center high school students and 2011 participants of the Liberty Science Partnership program, have recently been published for their work on Thermally Grown Oxides .  Their work was also recently presented in the Intel Science Competition, where they received the Army Achievement Award and the ASM Materials Education Award.  The students were also semifinalists in the Siemens Science Competition.  Daway and Thomas's work was a continuation of work in cooperation with Dr. Wole Soboyejo, with Gerald Poirier serving as their mentor.
  • PCCM is pleased to announce that high school student Ben Steinberg's work was chosen to be exhibited at Princeton's 2011 Art of Science exhibit.  Ben worked in the PRISM Imaging and Analysis Center alongside Gerald Poirier and created this magnificent piece. Of 168 submissions from 20 departments, only 56 were chosen for the exhibit.  Especially notable is that this competition typically selects only works from  Princeton students, faculty, and research staff; as a high school student, Ben joins this distinguished company.  Please explore more stunning images bridging science and art on the 2010 and 2009 Art of Science galleries.


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