Materials Science & Engineering Overview

Synthesizing our new understanding of material science and engineering!

What is material science and engineering anyway? Materials science is an interdisciplinary field of researching and discovering materials. Materials engineering is the engineering field of designing and improving materials and finding uses for materials in other fields and industries.

Prompts to ask students to discuss and introduce the topic:

  • What is material science and engineering in your mind?
  • Where do you think material scientists and engineers work? What do they do?
  • Have you ever sat in a car?
  • Have you ever wondered what’s involved in the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What do you know about cell membranes?
  • What in your opinion are some important reasons we study cell membranes?

Videos to introduce material science and engineering to students:


Return to the STEM Activity Library to access the materials science and engineering activities and other engineering majors.