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Using Web Applets to Stimulate Learning

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Thinking Outside the Box! Innovative Curriculum Exchange for K12 Engineering

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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22.1655.1 - 22.1655.25



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Joseph J. Biernacki Tennessee Technological University

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Joseph J. Biernacki is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University (TTU). His research interests include the kinetics, characterization and modeling of inorganic hydration reactions and their hydrate products as well as the pedagogy of critical thinking, problem solving, team training and how engineering students learn. Biernacki received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. and DRE (Doctor of Engineering) degreed from Cleveland State University.

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Donald P. Visco University of Akron

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Donald P. Visco, Jr. is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Akron. Most recently, he was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University. His current research interests include experimental and computational
thermodynamics as well as bioinformatics/drug design. He is an active and contributing member
of ASEE at the local, regional and national levels. He is the 2006 recipient of the Raymond W. Fahien Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness and Educational Scholarship as well as the 2009 recipient of the National Outstanding Teaching Award from ASEE.

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Evangelynn Thurber Cookeville High School

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Evangelynn Thurber is a chemistry teacher at Cookeville High School in Cookeville, Tennessee. She received her B.S. degree at the University of West Georgia and is a 2006 Teach Tennessee Governor's Fellow.

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Ryan Thomas Pavlovsky

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Using Web Applets to Stimulate LearningA series of Web-based applets were developed to introduce students to a range of topics suitablefor high school physical science, chemistry and physics classrooms. The applets were motivatedby the authors’ National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award which focuses on the use ofComputer Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) for the design of new compounds for variousindustrial applications. At the heart of the CAMD approach, students must fundamentallyunderstand how data is reduced into correlations using linear and non-linear techniques and thata molecule’s structure endows it with its properties and hence functionality in variousapplications. As a way of introducing such concepts to high school students, the PI’s, incollaboration with a College-wide Research Experience for Teachers (RET) site, and a highschool teacher identified State mandated Science and Mathematics Standards that mapped tovarious skill sets required to learn and understand CAMD. These skills included understandinglinear correlations and the concept that structure implies property. Three applets were built andtested in the Fall of 2010, these included one for conducting generalized linear relationships, onespecialized for helping students to understand mass, volume and density and one to introducestudents to the concept of structure-property relationships. The design strategy and methodologyused is discussed as well as the architecture of the applets. Outcomes from the pilot test withhigh school students is also presented.

Biernacki, J. J., & Visco, D. P., & Thurber, E., & Pavlovsky, R. T. (2011, June), Using Web Applets to Stimulate Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18796

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