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Incorporating Engineering into the High School Chemistry Classroom

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.732.1 - 23.732.5



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Lisa Arnold Alma High School, Alma, MI

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Lisa Arnold has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Alma College with emphasis in Mathematics and Natural Science and a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. She has also obtained M.A. +30 with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Lisa has been teaching chemistry at Alma High School for the past seventeen years.

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Tolga Kaya Central Michigan University

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Dr. Tolga Kaya currently holds a joint assistant professor position in the School of Engineering and Technology and the Science of Advanced Materials program at Central Michigan University (CMU). Prior to joining CMU, Dr. Kaya was a post-doctorate associate at Yale University from 2007 to 2010 and a research and teaching assistant at Istanbul Technical University in Instanbul, Turkey from 1999 to 2007. He was a consultant at Brightwell Corp. in 2007, and a senior VLSI analog design engineer and project coordinator at Microelectronics R&D Company from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Kaya was a visiting assistant in research at Yale University from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Kaya received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering from ITU.
His research interests in electrical engineering and applied sciences are analog VLSI circuit design, MEMS sensors and energy harvesting systems. His research is also involved in biomedical engineering where bacterial hydrodynamics are studied under various shear flow regimes to enlighten the bacterial infections in catheterized patients. He is also working in Engineering Education research.

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Bingbing Li Department of Chemistry, Science of Advanced Materials Doctoral Program, Central Michigan University Orcid 16x16


Qin Hu Central Michigan University

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Dr. Qin Hu received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, China and received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk in 2004. She was a postdoctoral research Fellow at Old Dominion University from 2004 to 2005. Before joining CMU, she was a lecturer in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University. She teaches in the area of microelectronic circuits, probability, statistics and random process in engineering. Her main research interests have been in the area of numerical bioelectromagnetics, semiconductor devices modeling and simulation, electrical properties of materials, therapeutic applications of electromagnetic fields, and software engineering and development. She has authored/co-authored 26 journal papers and several conference papers published in prestigious, international, peer-reviewed journals. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Biophysical Society (BPS) and the Society of Woman Engineers (SWE).

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Incorporating Engineering into the High School Chemistry ClassroomA unique experience is provided to pre-service and in-service teachers to participate in a researchproject via a grant won from the National Science Foundation. The project "MultidisciplinaryEngineering Research for Rural Michigan's Future" allows pre-service and in-service scienceeducators to participate in research project collaboration while focusing on implementingresearch practices into their curricula. The Research Experience for Teachers emphasis is onbroadening student problem solving skills, communication skills, and exploratory learning.As a high school chemistry teacher, an opportunity was provided to perform simulation researchto understand the interactions between a polymer Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), also known asPNIPAM, and graphene oxide, GO. Not having much computer programming experience,training via a tutorial was required to learn the Linux-based molecular dynamics softwareGROMACS before beginning the simulation experience. Working with an undergraduatestudent, together we explored the software and learned how to program and make a video. With ageneral understanding of programming, we began researching background information regardinggraphene oxide and collaborating on a molecular structure to build using another softwareprogram known as Avogadro. After constructing the molecule, the atoms were automaticallynumbered allowing each atom to be identified in terms of its bond type. This information wasadded to the GROMACS system where simulation then began. The overall goal was to findparameters in which the PNIPAM and GO stick together so they can be produced as a fiber in thelaboratory.From this experience and looking ahead to the Common Core and Next Generation ScienceStandards, the future direction of science education is to model and incorporate the engineeringprocess. As I start the new school year, this approach will be implemented from the start of thecourse as I continue to focus on inquiry based learning but take it steps further by including morereading strategies for gaining knowledge, developing student collaboration and communicationskills, and publishing their learning in a variety of methods. My hope is that students are notonly learning chemistry but doing chemistry. Lesson plans and detailed methodologies will bediscussed in this paper.

Arnold, L., & Zhang, Z., & Kaya, T., & Li, B., & Hu, Q. (2013, June), Incorporating Engineering into the High School Chemistry Classroom Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19746

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