Metrology Outreach

Inspiring the Next Generation of Measurement Scientists!

Wanted:  New, Young Metrologists!

Very soon, retiring Metrology professionals, primarily from the Baby Boomer generation, will generate a workforce shortage.  Who will replace this technical workforce?  How will we rise above this “Gathering Storm”?  We must tap into the “Generation Y” or “Millenial” generations, currently emerging into the workforce, as well as the newest generation, currently in primary school.  The only way to accomplish this goal is to target the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Pipeline.  By acting now, we can reduce and minimize the potential impact to national and international measurement systems.

What is a Metrology Ambassador?

A Metrology Ambassador is a measurement scientist who volunteers in their community to educate students, parents, educators, and others about basic measurement science principles and about career opportunities in Metrology.  An Ambassador can accomplish this by mentoring students, conducting hands-on interactive activities in the classroom, hosting laboratory tours, participating in career fairs and science nights, and inviting students to their NCSLI section meetings to learn more about measurement science!  Focus on K to 12 grades, higher education, or both!

How do I become a Metrology Ambassador? 

The Metrology Outreach Program provides measurement experiences and a variety of resources that can be used by volunteers to generate interest and awareness the next generation of measurement scientists.  These useful tools can be used by anyone  when conducting outreach to teachers and students.   Check out the resources and links to find out what you can do and how you can get started.

How do I request materials for an Event?

Complete the Metrology Ambassador Supply Request Form and submit it to It really is that easy! 

New Career Resources Available

Be sure to share the link with teachers, students, or counselor (and use the Metrology Ambassador link below to let us know about your event!) The DVD content interactivity has been enhanced and can be viewed at Feel free to link to the Metrology Career website from your organization's website to increase awareness of this valuable learning tool.  

A series of articles are available that describe the Metrology Ambassador program,  which you can download below:  

  • You Can Be a Metrology Ambassador (January 2008)
  • Conversations with Metrology Ambassadors (April 2008)
  • Resources for Metrology Ambassadors (October 2008)
  • Planning an Outreach Event Using the Metrologist Kits (August 2011)
How Do I Report an Outreach Event?

From 2009 through 2013, around 38,000 students learned about metrology and exciting career opportunities through this program.  It is easy to complete and submit data for Event Tracking.

If you have ideas about Outreach resources, let the committee chair of the 164 Education Liaison and Outreach Committee know!

Documents Ready for Download

You Can Be a Metrology Ambassador
(Adobe PDF Format)

Conversations with Metrology Ambassadors
(Adobe PDF Format)

Resources for Metrology Ambassadors
(Adobe PDF Format)

Planning an Outreach Event (August 2011)
(Adobe PDF Format)

Measurement Science Resource List for Engineering
(Adobe PDF Format)

Careers in Metrology Poster
(Adobe PDF Format)

NIST Guide to SI Units
(Adobe PDF Format)

Introduction to Metrology
(Adobe PDF Format)

Introduction to Metrology (Spanish)
(Adobe PDF Format)

Measurement Matters
(Adobe PDF Format)

Pocket Physics: A Handy Guide for Bright Stars
(Adobe PDF Format)
Published by: Institute of Physics, NPL/UK
(Microsoft Power Point Presentation)

(Microsoft Power Point Presentation)