Curriculum Spotlight: Materials Science

The Curriculum Spotlight series highlights a core instruction unit or skill set delivered through the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum. Our Spotlight on Materials Science explores what students will learn and how the curriculum connects to Washington state learning standards.

Understanding the properties of materials, what materials to select for making an object, and basic fabrication techniques are important in the manufacturing industry. The Core Plus Aerospace curriculum provides Washington students with hands-on opportunities to lock in those skills while they are in high school, giving them a leg up on any number of opportunities after graduation, such as pursuing a manufacturing job, apprenticeship, or college.

Here’s a preview of the new Curriculum Spotlight (link to PDF):

Students begin by defining materials science, then classifying matter and types of structures, bonding, and properties. Students investigate the atomic structure and properties of crystals, define the properties of materials, and learn how to select materials suitable for creating an object based on their physical and chemical characteristics.

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