A project with the Institute of Physics aims to introduce aspects of the material selection work into A level Physics as part of their Advancing Physics programme. This area includes various resources including interactive material selection charts and articles discussing the effective teaching of materials in physics.
Interactive material selection charts which show material properties in a visually intuitive manner. They allow selection of suitable materials as well as providing a rapid comparison of properties between different materials. We advise reading the overview article mentioned below before using these charts.
Background material information for over 40 common materials.
An overview of material selection charts.
An introduction to material selection charts.
An article on using selection charts to discuss material properties (aimed at teachers).
The internet microscope at the Manchester Materials Science Centre provides some interesting micrographs of many different materials.
The MATTER project produces a wide range of resources for teaching materials in schools.