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K-12 Science Activities

UCSB ScienceLine
MRL's "Ask-a-Scientist" project enables K-12 students to directly ask expert UCSB researchers their science questions. Topics include astronomy, marine biology, physics, computers, materials science, and earth science, among many others!


"Ask A Scientist" Videos
New MRL educational videos explain the excitement and central role of Materials Science and other science topics. MRL's “Meet a Scientist” program, an extension of ScienceLine in which elementary school students interview UCSB scientists, and other videos presenting fun topics in Materials Science. For more information, please contact Claudia G. Mazzotti.


MRL Youtube Channel
Classroom presentations, scientist interviews, explorations of Materials Science topics, teacher curriculum projects and more!  Also available on TeacherTube



“Build a Buckyball” Workshop
Students, ranging from elementary to early high school, are given a brief introduction focused on Materials science and the scale of the nanometer, different forms of carbon and the relationship between molecular structure and material properties. Afterward, each student builds his own six-inch carbon-60 molecule. For more information, please contact our education director Dotti Pak.


It’s a Material World!
This program is available for elementary school science nights. Children are naturally curious about science. These hands-on activities inspire inquiry into Materials Science related topics and emphasize the fascinating nature of science! For more information, please contact
Julie Standish.