About the Project
Developed at Northwestern University and propelled by an initial grant from the National Science Foundation in 1994, the Materials World Modules (MWM) Program was established to undertake the development and dissemination of supplemental materials science education curricula for middle and high school students.
Given the pervasiveness of materials in everyday life, the developers of MWM felt that the study of materials would facilitate students’ discovery of the interconnections between science, technology, and society (STS). Thus, the curriculum was constructed around the theme of materials science and engineering.
The aim of the MWM program is to use cross-cutting concepts and hands-on activities to deepen student understanding of STEM and boost student achievement. MWM has been found through studies to have a widespread, positive impact in a variety of classroom settings, whether urban or rural, rich or poor. In fact, teachers in all subject areas reported that the use of the modules enabled students to make connections between concepts from the traditional curriculum and the world around them more frequently than ever before.