The NIST Metric Program invites you to celebrate National Metric Week, October 10 to 16, 2021, an annual event that occurs during the week containing the tenth day of the tenth month. Celebrate the 7 SI base units with 7 days of measurement fun and the NIST Guardians of the SI Superheroes! Communities across the country observe this educational holiday to raise awareness about the Metric System and the benefits of use in everyday life.
Sunday - Chart your Metric Week Plan!
Share your organization’s plans with your community. Review and expand the SI education resources available on your website. Tag @nist and use the hashtag #MetricWeek on related social media posts. Enjoy Running Out of Time, an animated video featuring the SI Superheroes race to keep the world's satellite navigation system "on time" (https://youtu.be/FP86qG1bjMY).
MONDAY - Share SI education resources with local K-12 Educators.
Explain how to request a free NIST SI Teacher Kit. View Mass Hysteria, where Monsieur Kilogram is kidnapped by the nefarious Major Uncertainty, putting the world’s measurements of mass in jeopardy. Make a DIY Lego Kibble Balance.
Play five question rounds of the NIST Metric Trivia Quiz using your Alexa voice personal assistant. Students are beginning to prepare for upcoming state and national science fairs. Learn more about the USMA Science Fair Awards Program and the free science fair judging guide. Explore the 7 defining constants that form the basis of all SI units.
FRIDAY - Become a SI Champion!
Discover how Going Metric Pays Off for U.S. industry. Share the USMA/Blake Family Foundation Metric Award information with a local high school senior or metric system champion who’s promoting SI use in their community. Share photos of Metric Week activities on social media (@nist) with the hashtag #MetricWeek.
SI Teachers Kit (NIST). U.S. educators may request a free set of metric education resources by contacting TheSI [at] nist.gov (include name, school, subject, grade level, phone number, and mailing address).
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - The Metric System - July 2015 – PDF
National Education Association (NEA) - Resolution B-57. Metric System (1969, 1996). The National Education Association believes in the adoption of the International System of Units (SI metric system). The Association advocates that the SI system be taught at all educational levels.
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) - Use of the Metric System - Adopted January 1999, Reaffirmed February 2016