CMI Education and Outreach
The Critical Materials Institute offers a variety of educational opportunities through several partners, including the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa State University. In addition, CMI experts are available to speak at research conferences, as well as to students of all ages.
CMI Educational Opportunities:
The following educational opportunities are offered by CMI TEAM members:
- Colorado School of Mines
- CMI at Mines offers webinars about critical materials at no charge. Recordings are available for these webinars.
- Office of Special Programs & Continuing Education (SPACE) offers a variety of educational programs for industry, K-12 and university. This includes the Energy and Minerals Field Institute (EMFI).
- For industry, the Mines SPACE Catalog of Short Courses and Conferences includes a variety of events. These include the Recyling Metals for Industrial Waste short course on June 23-25 and the International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability IV July 13-20.
- For K-12 teachers: Mines Teacher Enhancement
- For K-12 students: Week-long summer camps for entering grades 3-5, grades 6-8 or high school
- For collegiate students: Colorado School of Mines program for Research Experience for Undergraduates
- Iowa State University
- Vitalij Pecharsky teaches the Iowa State University course "Rare Earth Metals," every other spring as materials engineering 457/materials science and engineering 557. This course was offered in Spring 2014 and Spring 2016.
- Anja Mudring teaches the Iowa State University course "Principles of Materials Science and Engineering," materials engineering 273.
- The Ames Laboratory
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Other CMI Education and Outreach
The CMI education and outreach staff at Colorado School of Mines created museum exhibit on critical materials and rare earths. To help other people who work with museums, exhibits and outreach, they documented the process and created several reports, which are available online.
The CMI education and outreach staff at Mines reviewed the courses offered by CMI Team Member colleges and universities, and created a course inventory organized by institution and industry segment. This reflects many possible majors for students.
Several CMI partners sponsor regional contests for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl, including The Ames Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
CMI researchers share their expertise with a variety of students, academic experts and industry. A list of recent education and outreach events is available online.
Also, CMI education and outreach recommendations for a variety of activities for elementary, middle school and high school students are available online.
Other Education and Outreach Resources
CMI recommendations for other sources of education and outreach resources are available online. These include a link to CMI partners, other national laboratories and universities, and professional organizations.
CMI is gathering input from industry to ensure CMI is providing resources that are needed. Information can be shared online in the webform.