June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Introducing K-12 Students to the Field of Pharmaceutical EngineeringThe design, development, and engineering of drugs provide chemical engineers with manyopportunities and challenges in the pharmaceutical industry. In an effort to engage thesurrounding communities, New York City public high school students were introduced to thefield of pharmaceutical engineering over the course of six weeks. Through the use of lectures,teamwork activities, and laboratory experiments, students learned about the fundamentals of oralsolid dosage forms, drug dissolution, and experimental design. Examples of experimentsperformed include building their own “in-house” drug dissolution devices, studying the effect ofimpeller geometry and velocity on dissolution rates, and obtaining drug dissolution profiles forvarious oral solid dosage forms containing Ibuprofen using UV-Vis spectroscopy. Students werealso trained in communication skills, such as writing a technical report and giving an oralpresentation.In this paper, we will provide an overview of the program, as well as suggested laboratoryexercises and activities for those who might consider developing a similar K-12 outreachprogram focused on pharmaceutical engineering. Additionally, the use of assessmentinstruments in measuring student learning as pertaining to this project will be discussed.
Lepek, D., & Wu, C., & Poling-Skutvik, R. (2013, June), Introducing K-12 Students to the Field of Pharmaceutical Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19833
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