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5910 Metric System Education Resources

The International System of Units (SI), commonly known as the metric system, is easy to use and learn when taught using metric tools. The ability to interpret measurement scales, magnitude, and approximate a quantity are essential Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) competencies.

This 1.5-hour session will explore NIST Metric Program education publications and other resources teachers, parents, and students can download and freely reproduce. These resources are helpful to students as they become familiar with metric units, develop measurement quantity reference points, and learn more about SI basics.

National Metric Week, a collaboration between the NIST Metric Program and the U.S. Metric Association (USMA) will be discussed, as well as related USMA online education resources that include scholarships, awards, national Science Fair Program, and the Certified Metrication Specialist Program.     

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, using your notes, you will be able to:

  • LIST five best practices for teaching the International System of Units (SI), commonly known as the metric system.
  • DESCRIBE how you will use at least one SI education publication or resource to educate students in a traditional classroom, distance learning environment, or community outreach event.
  • REQUEST a free NIST Metric Teacher Kit.
  • PREPARE to celebrate National Metric Week (the 10th month of the year and the week containing the 10th day).

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion includes participation in all activities and discussions. Session participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance (does not include participant name or CEUs) by email after the session. Attendance is recorded in the unofficial transcript, which is available in the OWM Contacts System.


This session is ideal for K-12 educators and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) professionals and other outreach ambassadors responsible for instructing middle school students on measurement techniques and STEAM careers. Parents and academic coaches who assist with student homework completion and science fair participation may also attend.


There is currently no registration fee for this webinar.


Elizabeth Benham
Phone: (301) 975-3690
Email: elizabeth.benham [at] (elizabeth[dot]benham[at]nist[dot]gov)

Technology Requirements

The webinar will be a live stream, so participants must have a constant connection during the webinar (hard-wired is preferred).
System requirements for Webex services:

Review these system requirements to verify that you can use the Webex App on your computer, mobile device, or web browser.  Other factors may also influence the performance of the Webex App, for example, network connectivity or other applications on your devices. 

  • Windows PCs:
    • Windows 10 and later. Make sure your drivers are up to date.
    • Intel Dual-Core CPU 2.XX GHz or AMD processor (4 GB of RAM minimum recommended).
    • Some features require additional system requirements:
      • Reactions in a scheduled Webex Meeting or Personal Room meeting.
        • Operating System—Windows 10 version 10.0.17763 or later
        • Processor—four physical cores or more
        • Memory—4 GB or more of RAM
  • Mac:
    • OS X 10.7.5 or later
    • 2GB of memory
    • 8.8GB of available storage
    • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
    • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
  • Web Browsers:
    • On computers running Windows, Mac, or Linux, ensure you have the latest release of one of these browsers:
      • Google Chrome,
      • Mozilla Firefox,
      • Apple Safari, and
      • Microsoft Edge.
  • Linux recommended minimum system requirements. 
    • Core requirements: Intel Dual-Core CPU 2.XX GHz or AMD processor (4 GB of RAM minimum recommended)
    • Display Protocols: x11 and Wayland.
    • Desktop environment/Window Manager: GNOME/Mutter and KDE/KWin are recommended.
Created February 7, 2024, Updated April 1, 2024