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Materials Selection Challenge: first steps

Dr Jose Ygnacio Pastor | Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

Materials Selection Challenge: first steps

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Modern educational approaches strongly emphasise active learning based on projects and problems, underlining the idea that learning may occur at every location and any time: in the classroom, on a fieldtrip, in a museum, at home, in the streets of a city, on Wikipedia, etc. Learning may happen within one of these spaces, but also across them. In this respect, science fairs are a way to overlap those learning spaces into one, encouraging young people to become involved in and excited by science and technology, acquiring communication skills and the opportunity to interact with other students interested in science. Nevertheless, those activities are not usual at University level, where traditional way of learning is still extended. Objectives: The aim of this competition is to encourage students of Materials Science and Engineering to use their background and their imagination and wit. College students will have to propose an original case of Materials Selection that may be based on close situations or forensic analysis of failures in service. With CES EduPack as a basic tool, competitors must solve in deep a selection of materials they present. Participants: Participation is open to any student or group of students. How they participate?: Registration in the competition will be made through the internet application available on our website. The presentation format will be through the development of a video longer than three minutes should be up to vimeo.com and insert the URL of the video in the application for registration. The video will be accompanied by a title and text up to a maximum of two thousand words and figures that explain the purpose of the video and what it is told. Both the video and the text can be presented in Spanish bilingual format and / or English. The title must be in both languages. Among the videos submitted will be preselected for up to ten finalists. On March 21, the organizers will contact the authors of the finalist videos to announce the decision, and given the option of presenting a more complete version of his work. During the celebration of the 2015 MaterialsWeek finalists must submit their papers (presented in a Word document via e-mail) and defend their work before a jury. The presentation can be both onsite and via videoconference to residents outside the region of Madrid. The organization will provide support to establish the remote connection. The maximum duration of the presentation will be ten minutes, which will help transparency in PDF, PPT / PPTX format with a maximum size of 10 MB. The deadline for submitting contributions is open until 12 March 2015, so that this paper presents the first results and impressions of this challenge to the students of our college are shown, but it is open to those students wishing to participate due to the possibility of connection via Internet.