CRISP Education and Outreach

The Education and Outreach (EO) program is an essential part of the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, (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 need for: 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: MRSEC Initiative for STEM Education (MISE) and MRSEC Initiative for Multidisciplinary Education and Research (MIMER) To learn more about our EO program and the opportunities available, please go to our main site

CRISP provides educational resources to local area educators and STEM professionals, with particular focus on urban districts. We invite you to explore this site to learn about the opportunities CRISP provides to educators. To get updates about our workshops and other events, join our mailing list!

Upcoming CRISP Workshops

6th Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute - July 24 - 26, 2018

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Teachers gain hands-on experience, working on manufacturing equipment at Platt Technical High School in Milford, CT

This 3-day professional development workshop is designed to acquaint science teachers with real-life applications of STEM skills in today’s manufacturing environment. Teachers will learn from industry professionals about today's demands in the manufacturing industry. Come network with fellow educators from across CT, CEOs of local companies, and members of the CT Department of Education. Participants will spend 2 days at Platt Technical High School in Milford, gaining hands-on experience with manufacturing equipment

Registration opens May 1st - spaces are limited
View the 2018 Save the Date Flyer here!
Click here to check out last years program

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed!

Family Science Nights

Teach kids and their families about science, and get them excited for their own projects!

FSN volunteers present simple science demonstrations to kids and their families at these 2-hour family events.
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! You will be provided with a full set of instructions for delivering your demonstration

Visit today to sign up for one of these great events!

All FSN dates 2017-18

We are looking for undergraduates, graduate students postdocs and faculty to help us bring STEM into our community. We need volunteers for events like Family Science Nights, public lectures, workshops and more.  Click here to sign up to volunteer


Volunteers at Family Science Night


CRISP EO programs are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. DMR-1119826. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this site are those of the contributing author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF