388417 Going Beyond Demonstrations to “Chose Your Own Adventure” Engineering Experiences

Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 5:01 PM
M105 (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Bradley C. Bundy, Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

The enthusiasm of STEM teachers and early exposure to STEM fields has been shown to strongly influence a student’s selection of engineering as a major/career.  Due to the somewhat abstract and often hazardous nature of chemical engineering compared to other engineering fields, it is often difficult to create engaging chemical engineering experiences for K-12 students.  To help address this issue, my students and I have created over 50 demonstrations which we have been presented to over 3,000 K-12 students.  We have focused on hands-on interactive demonstrations that use as many senses as possible; however, feedback from our experiences has inspired us to modify our approach to involve a higher level of active learning.  Here we present our efforts to create open-ended, hypothesis-driven, “chose your own adventure” chemical engineering experiences that are safe, fun, inexpensive, and easily tailored to elementary, middle, or high school students.

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