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Integrating Chemical Engineering Into High School Science Classrooms

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Recruitment & Outreach in CHE

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8.725.1 - 8.725.12



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Deran Hanesian

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Integrating Chemical Engineering into High School Science Classrooms Deran Hanesian, Lavelle Burr-Alexander, Howard Kimmel, Joseph Kisutcza, Reginald P. T. Tomkins

The Otto H. York Department of Chemical Engineering/ The Center for Pre-College Programs New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 07102


Engineering and Engineering Technology education are essential today and influence almost every aspect of our society. Yet, engineering enrollments and engineering degrees continue to decline nationwide. The Pre-Engineering Instructional and Outreach Program (PrE-IOP) seeks to enlarge the future pool of qualified high-tech workers, including those who have been historically underrepresented (minorities and women). This is being accomplished through two components: 1) The implementation of pre-engineering curriculum in middle and high schools. 2) A comprehensive information campaign about the rewards of engineering and technology professions.

A chemical engineering curriculum module has been designed to create connections between the science used in engineering applications in the modern workplace and the high school science classroom. Chemical engineering concepts are selected that support the topics taught in high school science and are the basis for the design of an industrial plant. Also, the materials are meant to fit the instructional classroom needs of high school teachers by addressing the state content standards. The adoption, adaptation and where necessary the development of appropriate pre-engineering curriculum for use in high school science classrooms is being accompanied by sustained, long-term teacher training and support. Summer institutes, with hands-on workshops are designed to familiarize the teachers with the curriculum and the associated pedagogy. Evaluation includes the teacher training, and the implementation of the curriculum materials.

Introduction and Background

The number of students selecting engineering is declining, nationally and in New Jersey, while our society’s need for engineering and engineering related professionals is rising. For instance, the United States Department of Labor forecasts that new science, engineering, and Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Hanesian, D. (2003, June), Integrating Chemical Engineering Into High School Science Classrooms Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12335

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