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 “Millennial” 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.

To learn more:

160 Education and Development

  • Train the Trainer events, ensure incorporation of IACET criteria such as learning objectives and training assessments for continual improvement and training excellence
  • Find ways to measure and report on the impact and success of Learning and Development efforts

164 Education Liaison and Outreach
Provides multiple forums for educators at all levels of the educational pipeline to interact on topics related to metrology learning and development, to encourage sharing of ideas and resources, and to help ensure that metrology stakeholder educational needs are met. Ensure awareness of metrology, measurement sciences, and needs for calibration and standards in such a way that it is readily recognized by educators, students, related professional organizations, and the general public through the Metrology Ambassador program. Develop and support initiatives and programs enabling world-wide Metrology Learning & Development.
Metrologist Kits (members Only)
The Training Aids Library contains a variety of measurement science training media for member organizations to check out for 30 days. Training media may be loaned only to member delegates. Up to four items will be loaned at one time. 


How do I request materials for an Event?

Complete the Metrology Ambassador Supply Request Form and submit it.
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:  

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!

Introduction to Measurement (advanced high school/intro college level)  
by Peter Bohacek, Henry Sibley High School
30-page illustrated guide to fundamentals of measurement. This is intended to be a clear, comprehensive overview of effective measurement technique. Intended for advanced high school or introductory college level students. Includes worked examples and problems.

After reading this packet, and doing the problems, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between error and uncertainty
  2. Recognize that all measurements have uncertainty
  3. Identify types of error and sources of error and how to detect/minimize error
  4. Estimate, describe, and express uncertainty in measurements and calculations
  5. Using uncertainty to describe the results of their own lab work
  6. Compare measured values and determine whether values are the same within stated uncertainty

Published by Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Integrating Measurement and Uncertainty into Science Instruction
A high school and introductory college approach to teaching Measurement Uncertainty. 
Compiled by Peter Bohacek and Greg Schmidt, Henry Sibley High School

Here are three reasons why teachers should integrate the concept of measurement uncertainty into their instruction:

  1. Understanding measurement uncertainty helps students use data they collect during inquiry-based learning to reach accurate conclusions. Students who do not understand measurement uncertainty have difficulty seeing underlying science relationships if they are buried under measurement uncertainty. (Kanari and Millar 2004)
  2. Measurement uncertainty is an important element of scientific literacy. (AAAS benchmarks, IPCC report)
  3. Measurement as it is traditionally taught in most high school and introductory college courses may not give students the foundation on which to build future understanding of science and measurement (Allie et al, 2003). The traditional approach used in most high school and introductory college courses has students learn how to use significant figures to imply uncertainty in a measurement. More advanced college courses and research labs use methods consistent with the scientifically standardized approaches to measurement uncertainty (ISO GUM and NIST Guide).

Published by Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

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)

Monroe County Community College
Summer Program Video