CRISP Resources for Interdisciplinary Science Educators and Professionals

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The goal of this website is to provide educational resources to local area educators and STEM professionals, with particular focus on New Haven. We invite you to explore this site to learn about the opportunities CRISP provides to educators: Printable CRISP EO Poster

  • Research Experiences The CRISP MRSEC at Yale/SCSU offers research opportunities to high school students, undergraduates and teachers during the summer.
  • Scholarships The CRISP MRSEC at Yale/SCSU has several scholarships available for graduate courses at Southern.
  • Courses in Materials/Nanoscience See what courses are being offered at Southern for the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 semesters.
  • Professional Development The perfect site for educators, professionals and practicing scientists
  • Educational Resources Curricular materials, workshop outcomes, hands-on activities and demos, and a collection of external STEM websites
  • Contact Us Looking for a specific resource or piece of information? If you have questions or comments about PD workshop materials, or if you would like to ask NHMA a question please fill out our new Contact form
  • Past CRISP Events Check out all the workshops, public lectures and K-12 events that CRISP has done in the past!
  • Materials and Resources from Past Workshops Here you can find a collection of resources from our workshops such as articles, handouts, links & more.

Learn more about our Education & Outreach (EO) program.

CRISP EO programs are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. DMR-052049. 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.


Upcoming Events

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4th Annual Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute, 2.0: A New Approach

In collaboration with NHMA, SCSU and Platt tech, CRISP would like to invite you to join us for a 3 day workshop. The Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute 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. This summer, however, we are taking a new approach: the Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute 2.0! This newly designed workshop will continue to educate teachers on today's manufacturing environment, but also give them the opportunity to be completely submerged in the industrial process.

Teachers will be educated on 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 2.0 will be a comprehensive, hands-on, unparalleled experience for everyone involved.

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Dates: July 26th - July 28th
Location: Day 1 is at SCSU, Day 2 and 3 are at Platt Technical High School, Milford
Who: STEM teachers and professionals grade 7-12
Online registration: Click here to register


Mentors needed for New Haven Science Fair Program

The 2014-­2015 New Haven Science Fair ( is looking for volunteers to mentor New Haven public school students Pre-­‐K through 12th grade with their science fair experiments. Mentors typically volunteer once a week, for 1hr to 1.5hr. They will work in the classroom with teachers helping students understand the scientific method. Students and teachers need help in the early stages of researching and defining their projects, and to recognize the reality of what is a manageable, beneficial, and applicable research project. For more information about the science fair, visit

If you are interested to help in any way, please CLICK HERE or go online at and fill out the "Application for Mentors" located under the "For Mentors" tab. The application lets us find a proper match using availability, location, and discipline criteria, and we will contact you once a match is made.

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CRISP Presents the Fall Public Lecture: The Mysteries of Sand

With Dr. Corey O'Hern
The Spring Public Lecture is approaching! Join us as Dr. Corey O'Hern discusses the mysteries of sand. Conventional liquids (such as water, milk, and oil) and solids (such as ice, wood, and metal) are made of atoms that interact via attractive, "sticky" forces. In contrast, dry sand is composed of grains that only interact via purely repulsive forces, which prevent grains from passing through each other. The fact that sand grains are much larger than atoms and are not sticky gives rise to interesting properties that differ from those of conventional solids and liquids.

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Hands-on science demonstrations and lab tours will be available

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Saturday September th2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Yale's Davies Auditorium, 10 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven, CT
FREE and Open to the public

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Women in Physics Conference: Inspiring the next generation

January 13, 2015 Yale News

Yale is poised to help launch a new generation of women physicists, with a weekend full of networking, mentorship, and discussion.
Yale will host one of eight conferences around the country for undergraduate women in physics Jan. 16-18. Sponsored by the American Physical Society, the conferences give undergraduate women the opportunity to experience a professional conference, while also networking with other women in physics.

“There are quite a few undergraduate women studying physics who have never had a female physics professor, and who find themselves as the only, or one of very few, women in their physics classes,” said Sarah Demers, who is faculty adviser for the conference. “These conferences can reduce their isolation, surrounding them with female physicist peers and role models. I hope that they leave Yale with an increased sense of their potential to contribute to the field of physics.”

Yale physics professors Meg Urry and Bonnie Fleming will be among the speakers at the event. Physics professor Helen Caines and Department of Physics chair Paul Tipton will moderate panels.

The Yale conference will include 179 undergraduates from 50 institutions, mainly from the Northeast. The weekend’s itinerary features research talks, panel discussions and presentations on careers and diversity in physics.

Yale President Peter Salovey will welcome the participants on Friday evening. A keynote speech by physicist Gabriela Gonzalez of Louisiana State University will be simulcast from the University of Mississippi to all regional conferences on Saturday afternoon.

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Center New Haven Family Science Nights in Action!

Yale professor makes the case for Supercool Metals

By Jim Shelton, Yale News

Someday, digital citizens around the world may have a Yale professor to thank for the supercool, extra-durable case protecting their smartphones.

Jan Schroers, who teaches mechanical engineering and materials science, has created a thin, lightweight smartphone case that is harder than steel and as easy to shape as plastic. Schroers developed the technology for the cases in his Yale lab; now he’s ready for a partner to bring the product into mass production.

“This material is 50 times harder than plastic, nearly 10 times harder than aluminum and almost three times the hardness of steel,” Schroers said. “It’s awesome.”

For years, academic and commercial institutions have sought an effective technique for shaping these bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) — a new generation of strong-yet-pliable materials. Electronics casings, in particular, have been identified as a desirable application. Yet past attempts at finding a shaping process were unsuccessful.

According to Yale researcher Jan Schroers, This material is 50 times harder than plastic, nearly 10 times harder than aluminum and almost three times the hardness of steel."

At Yale, Schroers spent much of the past decade pursuing a fundamentally different approach to precisely shaping complex geometries. Instead of melting the BMG material and forcing it into a mold at high temperatures, he utilized a unique, supercooled liquid state for the material, in which the BMG softens sufficiently to allow for shaping. With this technique, which Schroers calls thermoplastic forming, BMGs can be shaped like plastics. As a consequence, thermoplastic forming BMGs don’t require massive amounts of energy.

From there, Schroers focused on producing BMGs in sheets. That form, he reasoned, is the most conducive to practical, manufacturing applications. “Developing a fabrication method for BMG sheets has been extremely difficult because it requires a fundamentally different process,” Schroers said. “We succeeded recently, with a surprisingly versatile process that is fast, precise, and economical.”
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Bulk metallic glasses: A tough new material for manufacturing

2014 Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute

Teachers, Business Leaders Huddle on Applications of Science Southern Connecticut State University

Science teachers from schools throughout southern Connecticut recently got a first-hand look at how the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are actually used in producing manufacturing materials.

About 25 teachers participated in the second annual Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute -- a three-day workshop co-sponsored by Southern, as well as the New Haven Manufacturers Association (NHMA), Platt Tech of Milford, the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP) at Yale and Southern, and other education- and manufacturing-focused groups.
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2014 New Haven Science Fair

The annual New Haven Science Fair took place at University Commons May 12-14. This past year over 7,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participated; 160 volunteers served as mentors and judges. The program aims to improve the quality of education, and particularly science and math education, in the New Haven Public Schools, grades PreK through 12. Yale has contributed both scientific and engineering talent to the program, and funding has come directly from the faculty of a wide array of schools, along with support from the Yale Community Outreach.
2014 New Haven Science Fair Winners
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Platt Tech and Kaynor Tech Selected as Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report Magazine

Best High Schools U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal

Congratulations to the students and staff at Platt Technical High School in Milford, Connecticut and Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. Both schools were recognized with a Bronze Medal as part of the "Best High Schools in the US" by U.S. News and World Report Magazine.
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SCSU Professor Honored for Her Work With Manufacturers

Materials and Manufacturing Week

PRESS RELEASE April 24, 2014

NEW HAVEN - Christine C. Broadbridge, professor and chairperson of physics at Southern Connecticut State University, has been named Connecticut Materials & Manufacturing Professional of the Year.

The award has been presented 11 times in the 37 years since Materials and Manufacturing Week was established by the Southern Connecticut chapter of ASM, the materials science and engineering society. Since 2008, the New Haven Manufacturers Association (NHMA) has co-sponsored Materials and Manufacturing Week.

Broadbridge was honored Thursday for multiple contributions to materials science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. She has opened her materials science laboratories up to area manufacturers, works closely with the NHMA Workforce Enhancement Committee, and serves as co-director of the new Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute.

"Christine has played an integral role in establishing and operating the teacher's institute, designed to acquaint science teachers with modern manufacturing and materials engineering methods," says Robert Klancko, co-director of the institute and a long-time board member with both ASM and NHMA. "She understands what manufacturers do and what they need."

Broadbridge also is education director for the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, a partnership between Yale University and SCSU funded by the National Science Foundation, and director of the new Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Center for Nanotechnology.

"Much of my career has been about the establishment of collaborative research and education initiatives with the ultimate goal of an enhanced workforce," Broadbridge says. "I believe that my vision is very well aligned with the mission of NHMA and, in particular, the Workforce Enhancement Committee."

Thirty-seven area teachers attended last year's inaugural Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers' Institute at SCSU, where they met with industry leaders and gained hands-on knowledge about manufacturing through lectures, demonstrations and plant tours. This year's program will take place July 29, 30 and 31.

For more information, call Jerry Clupper, executive director of the NHMA, at (203) 387-5121, or email

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102 Teachers Seek To Become “Super Tutors"

By Melissa Bailey

Jeremiah Davila already finds himself staying after school every day. If he’s lucky, he may soon get paid to do so.

Davila, who works at Engineering & Science University Magnet School (ESUMS), is one of 102 public-school teachers who applied for a new position called “super tutor.”

“Super tutor” is of three new jobs New Haven has created in an effort to professionalize the 1,800-person teaching workforce and give teachers an opportunity to take on extra responsibilities with up to $5,000 in extra pay. The new positions will be paid for by a $53 million, five-year grant from the federal government’s Teacher Incentive Fund.

In addition to those hoping to become super tutors, 132 teachers put in applications to become “curriculum facilitators.” And 52 teachers sent in new applications to add to the ranks of “teacher facilitators,” new position created last fall. The jobs are open to teachers who scored “effective” or higher (a 3 on a 5-point scale) on their teacher evaluations; the deadline to apply has passed.

The positions aim to change the longstanding system by which teachers get paid solely based on seniority and education degrees, said Superintendent Garth Harries. Until recently, teachers had no way to advance in the profession without leaving the classroom to become administrators.

The new jobs aim to expand teachers’ pay and responsibilities “so the best teachers are willing to stay in the profession,” Harries said. They changes were made possible by the recent ratification of a new teachers contract that continues the course of the city’s school reform drive. View Full Article

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Fun with Manufacturing Institute for middle school teachers

By Linda Conner Lambeck

Last summer, 30 local middle school math and science attended a three-day workshop to learn how to bring manufacturing and technology into their classroom. Next week, there will be a one-day refresher course that brings together some past participants and others who are considering it for next summer. The Materials and Manufacturing Institute Follow-up Workshop will be held from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, Feb. 8,in Room 113 of Jennings Hall at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Christine Broadbridge, chair of the Southern physics department, is coordinator of the program.

Among the topics to be covered are:

  • What would industry like to see changed in the curriculum?
  • What technologies should students be familiar with?
  • What skills does industry want from students and what are current applicants lacking?
  • What can businesses and organizations offer students?
  • What is the current status of the labor force, as well as projected numbers?
  • What effect will the aging of the Baby Boom Generation have on industry?

“I’m excited about it because if speaks to my belief that hands on, project based learning is what inspires students and really sticks with them,” said Kathy Saint, president of Schwerdtle, Inc., of Bridgeport. She will be one of the presenters as will Kris Lorch, president of Alloy Engineering of Bridgeport. The workshop brings together the New Haven Manufacturing Association and the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP) at Yale University and Southern.

The program will be held in Jennings Hall, Room 113. The New Haven Manufacturers Association and the Fairfield County Community Foundation are primary sponsors of the program.

Posted on February 1, 2014 Original Article

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Materials & Manufacturing Professional Development Workshop for Teachers


NEW HAVEN – In a unique partnership between industry and academia, the New Haven Manufacturer’s Association (NHMA) and Southern Connecticut State University are sponsoring a three-day program designed to acquaint science teachers with modern manufacturing and materials engineering methods. The Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers’ Institute will take place July 30, July 31 and Aug. 1. The program is a collaboration led by NHMA, SCSU, Platt Technical High School in Milford, and CRISP (Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena at Yale University and SCSU), along with other education- and manufacturing-focused groups. Thirty science teachers for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students are expected to attend, most from New Haven and Bridgeport. “This is a novel partnership that has created an opportunity for teachers to learn how products are made,” says Robert Klancko of NHMA. “Students make decisions for life in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, and many times teachers who are good at math and science do not know a lot about manufacturing careers and how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) relates to manufacturing.” Christine C. Broadbridge, chair of the physics department at SCSU and education director at CRISP, says manufacturers and academics have been working for the past year to bring teachers, engineers and scientists together in more effective ways. “We’ve learned from the teachers that they value relationships with industry,” Broadbridge says. “At the Summer Teachers’ Institute they can learn about potential careers for their students as they learn about engineering and cutting-edge science. It’s an opportunity to network with industry leaders and to gain hands-on knowledge about manufacturing. We hope they can bring that excitement back to their students.” Broadbridge says the Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers’ Institute is a pilot program that organizers would like to offer annually. More than 40 Connecticut teachers applied to attend the program, which could accommodate 30. SCSU, which offers a new master’s degree in applied physics this year, is developing a new nanotechnology and materials science center. On the first day of the institute, manufacturing engineers will conduct programs on materials science at SCSU and discuss the importance of STEM education. On the second day the teachers will tour area manufacturing plants. On the third day the teachers will operate equipment and create a product at Platt Tech, then develop lesson plans for their classrooms.

REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: To cover the institute sessions, contact Christine Broadbridge at SCSU at

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Past Events

Below are a list of recent events, please follow this link to see our complete list. Past Events

Materials and Resources from Past Workshops Here you can find a collection of resources from our workshops such as articles, handouts, links and more.

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CMOC Symposium @ UConn| Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, the University of Connecticut will be hosting the 23rd annual Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Consortium (CMOC) Symposium. The event will be held in the Konover Auditorium located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in Storrs, CT 06269. Invited talks will be in the field of NanoElectronics, NanoPhotonics, Wide band gap electronics, MEMS Devices & Biosensors, Photovoltaics and Alternate Energy Sources, Systems and Applications
2014 CMOC Agenda

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Science on Saturdays at Yale | April 5, 2014

Join us select Saturdays to celebrate the amazing world of science. This award-winning lecture series features scientists whose passion for their work inspires us all. Each event involves a lecture by a Yale professor and engaging science demonstrations/games run by Yale college students. Science on Saturdays provides an opporunity for Yale scientists and residents of New Haven and beyond to come together over a shared sense of wonder. Past topics have included “Why Birds Are Dinosaurs," “Viruses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," The Universe in Your Hands," and "Your DNA: Sense or Nonsense?" for more information visit The Yale outreach page
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What Makes Your iPhone Tick: From Transistors to Microchips | Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Internet and smart mobile devices are all made possible because of ever more powerful integrated circuit (IC) technology. Since the invention of the Silicon IC over 4 decades ago, information storage and processing capacity of a silicon chip has doubled every 18 months! That means an average person today possesses more computing power than a 1980’s supercomputer costing millions of dollars! Why is the electronics industry growing so fast? What makes your iPhone tick? On January 25th, Prof. T.P. Ma will give an overview of the microchip technology and its applications, with a preview of what’s to come in the future. After his lecture, hands-on science demonstrations and lab tours will be available. Refreshments will be served. Public lecture will be held at Yale University Davies Auditorium from 10:00am – 12:00pm Photos
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Tilde Science Cafe's Innovation Cafe | Saturday, November 2, 2013

FREE and OPEN the the PUBLIC! Tilde Cafe hosted an Innovation Cafe on Saturday, November 2 at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, CT. Yale Professor, Nicholas Ouellette, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science was the guest speaker at the upcoming Tilde Cafe discussion. Prof. Ouellette's talk "understanding collective animal behavior for bio-inspired deisgn" was in support of a nationwide education outreach campaign for the upcoming MAKING MORE STUFF series (Making More Stuff: Wilder, Colder, Faster, Safer) airing on PBS.

Collective animal behavior has evolved at every size scale in biology: birds flock, insects swarm, bacteria form colonies, even whales will school together. Nature has found that self-organized, collective behavior is a good solution to a wide range of biological problems. For an engineer, it is natural to ask whether this kind of behavior can be exploited in engineered systems. But before we can use collective animal behavior as a design principle, we must first understand it in detail. I will discuss ongoing work in my lab at Yale where we study the behavior of swarming insects, and how what we learn from the insects can teach us about engineering, physics, and biology. - Prof. Ouellette

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Materials & Manufacturing PD Workshop for Teachers| July 30, 31 and August 1, 2013

The Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers’ Institute presented a three day Professional Development workshop, "How Things are Made - Networking with Local Industry to Bring Ideas Back to Your Classroom". This three day hands-on Professional Development workshop was designed to acquaint science teachers with real-life applications of STEM skills in today’s manufacturing environment. A cooperative program by NHMA, SCSU & Platt Technical HS. Photos

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CMOC Symposium @ Yale | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yale hosted the 22nd annual Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Consortium (CMOC) Symposium on Wednesday March 13, 2013. The symposium will be held at at Davies Auditorium in Becton Center (Prospect Street). Invited talks in the area of NanoElectronics, NanoPhotonics, Wide band gap electronics, MEMS Devices & Biosensors, Photovoltaics and Alternate Energy Sources, Systems and Applications.

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CRISP/NHPS PD Workshop | Saturday, February 2, 2013

CRISP held a professional development workshop for New Haven science teachers at the Yale Peabody Museum entitled A 21st Century Approach to Teaching Electricity and Magnetism – Content and Pedagogy. This workshop was designed to help teachers enhance their understanding of electricity and magnetism via hands-on activities and a targeted standards based discussion of content and pedagogy. The primary objective was to enhance content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge with the goal of maximizing student learning. Co-sponsored by CRISP Collaborative Science for All (CCSA).

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