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

5th Annual Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute

July 25 - 27, 2017

This is a 3-day professional development workshop designed to acquaint science teachers with real-life applications of STEM skills in today’s manufacturing environment. In the past, this workshop has been extremely successful in providing a comprehensive, first-hand-look at various forms of industry. In 2016 we introduced a new approach to the Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers’ Institute!

This newly designed workshop continues to educate teachers on today’s manufacturing environment, but also gives educators the opportunity to be completely submerged in the industrial process. Teachers learn about the methods of manufacturing with heat, brass and plastics, and use state-of-the-art machinery to design and build their own hammer. With the ability to use resources from both Southern Connecticut State University and Platt Technical High School, the Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers’ Institute is a comprehensive, hands-on, unparalleled experience for everyone involved.

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. Teachers will be creating their own Magical Mystical STEM Machine!


Participants to receive a stipend for the three days, a Certificate of Completion, and the completed manufacturing project. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each lunch will have a networking panel discussion.

This workshop is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers grades 7-12. If space permits, others are welcome.

REGISTRATION: Spaces are limited, so register today!

2017 Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute Event Flyer

Check out photos from the 2016 M&M workshop!


2016 Materials and Manufacturing Institute

Volunteer Opportunities

Judges Needed!

New Haven Science Fair

Monday, May 15, 2017 | 4:30pm - 8:00pm (Dinner is provided)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 9:00am - 1:00pm (Breakfast & Lunch provided)


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