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Lessons With Lego® Engaging Students In Chemical Engineering Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Novel Classroom Environments

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7.811.1 - 7.811.12



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Skip Rochefort

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Keith Levien

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the teams will form the basis of an extended project manual with tips on building and programming so that next year’s competition should be even keener.


For a relatively low cost we have greatly enhanced the hands-on component of our first-year courses through the use of LEGO sets. Both chemical and engineering principles were utilized by student teams to design and improve systems to achieve multiple objectives. Student feedback is overwhelmingly positive, even though this was the initial implementation of the projects and some "rough spots" naturally arose. We anticipate continual improvements will be made and that detailed instructions will become available to other schools who want to implement the "Lessons with LEGO" projects.

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Keith Levien has an engineering science degree from Iowa State University (BS) and degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (BS and PhD). Between chemical engineering degrees he worked for four years at the Warrensville Research Center of SOHIO (now BP). His research is in reaction engineering, process control, optimization and supercritical fluid technology.


Skip Rochefort has degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts (BS), Northwestern University (MS), and the University of California at San Diego (PhD). He worked at Dow Chemical, Kodak Laboratories and AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research is primarily in biomaterials, high strength plastic materials, wood/recycled plastic composites, and engineering education -- getting high school students interested in engineering careers!

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Rochefort, S., & Levien, K. (2002, June), Lessons With Lego® Engaging Students In Chemical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10446

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