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Materials Computation & Data Science (MCDC) Group



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engineering summer program

Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS)






Student Level:  High school


About the course:  This course explores the connections between the discovery of new materials such as ceramics, glass, concrete, metals, plastics, semiconductors etc. and the development of technologies and social structures worldwide.


From ancient cities and Roman baths, to steel foundries and Tupperware parties, to virtual communities and nanomedicine, the course teaches how the physical properties of different materials intersect with cultural variables like gender, race, power/authority, religious beliefs, values, and financial and political systems to shape human civilization. By connecting lessons from the past to the inventions of cutting-edge materials, the course explore the future social impacts of new materials in medicine, construction, transportation, clean energy, sports, and other areas.


Course background: The course was developed by Prof. Kevin Jones, a materials science professor at University of Florida.


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