Asee peer logo

Chemical Engineering And Chemistry Experimentation As An Introduction To Engineering For K 12 Students

Download Paper |


1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 28, 1998

Start Date

June 28, 1998

End Date

July 1, 1998



Page Count


Page Numbers

3.138.1 - 3.138.4



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Deran Hanesian

author page

Angelo J. Perna

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 2670

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. 10.18260/1-2--6958

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 1998 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015