June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.138.1 - 3.138.4
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Experimentation as an Introduction to Engineering for K-12 Students
Deran Hanesian, Angelo J. Perna New Jersey Institute of Technology
Abstract The New Jersey Institute of Technology sponsors a wide range of outreach programs geared toward K-12 students in order to expose and interest them in science and engineering as a career. These programs have a chemical engineering and chemistry component which is a lecture/laboratory format that is directed to experiential learning and communication skills. Depending on the educational level of the program, the students either do experiments on a bench scale or on pilot plant size apparatus, all of which have been designed by the authors.
The Pre-College Center of New Jersey Institute of Technology has a broad range of outreach programs aimed at introducing K-12 students to science and engineering as a career choice. Among the various programs which have a chemical engineering and chemistry component are:
(1) Chemical Industry for Minorities in Engineering (ChIME) (7th and 8th Grades) (2) Upward Bound (10th to 12th grades) (3) Females in Engineering: Methods, Motivation and Experience (FEMME) (a) FEMME Continuum (6th & 7th grades) (b) Senior FEMME (8th & 9th grades) Each of the programs has a specific curriculum appropriate to the level of education of the participants.
The experimental chemical engineering laboratory portion of the course involves a “hands on” experience with equipment both bench scale and pilot plant scale. The pilot plant sized equipment is located the senior unit operations laboratory and consists of a piping arrangement for a fluid flow experiment that contains flow meters, various diameter piping and fittings. The laboratory also has a six inch diameter glass column packed to a height of six feet with 1/2 inch Raschig rings, a 6 inch diameter Plexiglas tower packed with 0.110 by 0.125 inch cylindrical plastic rings, and a cylindrical Plexiglas tank 5 inch in diameter and 6 feet in height with a quick opening valve for studying efflux time from a tank.
The acid neutralization and temperature measurement experiments are bench scale apparatus. The acid neutralization unit simply consists of a buret and beakers while the
Hanesian, D., & Perna, A. J. (1998, June), Chemical Engineering And Chemistry Experimentation As An Introduction To Engineering For K 12 Students Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/6958
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