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Title: Chemical Engineering for Middle School Girls (Resource Exchange)
As part of an NSF CAREER project [blinded] , [blinded university] developed a one-week chemical engineering summer workshop targeted at middle school girls with the goal of bolstering participation and interest in the field by presenting chemical engineering as a creative and dynamic field. This paper will present a spherification activity which introduces chemical reactions, membranes, resource management, engineering design, and more. Furthermore, links to the full set of activities developed for the week that can be used individually or collectively are provided. In the summer program, students engage in experiments providing simplified background knowledge on foreign material such as chemical reactions, polymer morphology, separations, and thermodynamics. The students then work on hands-on activities to solve engineering design problems using learned information. For the final activity, students collaboratively design a process to scale up a spherification experiment
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Chemical Engineering for Middle School Girls
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