June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Enhancing the STEM Curriculum Through a Multidisciplinary Approach that IntegratesBiology and EngineeringDue to the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular and orthopedic disorders in today’s modernsociety, there is a necessity to engineer biomaterials that improve the quality of life for peoplewith painful and debilitating diseases. This will require educational institutions to providespecialized instruction in these areas. Yet, there have been relatively few published reports onbiomaterials and tissue engineering- related lab activities, and existing activities lack afoundation in materials science. A primary deliverable of this project is to address this need andthus strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by developinginteractive experiments that introduce tissue engineering through a biomaterials designperspective, emphasizing mechanics, cell behavior, and drug delivery. Cutting-edge methods inthese fields have been adapted so they can be applied starting at the freshman level throughupper level electives in chemical, mechanical, or biomedical engineering and cellular/molecularbiology.This paper describes two experimental designs to engage students in the guided discovery ofpolymer science and its application to the i) characterization of polymers for meniscusreplacement, ii) the design of magnetic nanobiomaterials for hyperthermia cancer treatment. Theanticipated results of these modules will be i) increased student learning in STEM areas, ii)increased student interest in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in STEM disciplines, iii)and, iv) the development of a well-rounded workforce of engineers prepared to findmultidisciplinary engineering solutions to the growing health care needs of the world.
Sclarsky, E., & Cooper, T. M., & Strobel, J., & Kadlowec, J., & Vernengo, A. J. (2015, June), Enhancing the STEM Curriculum Through a Multidisciplinary Approach that Integrates Biology and Engineering: Biomaterials Modules Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24008
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