(130f) Products from Pandemic Labs: Custom at-Home & Benchtop Unit Operations Teaching Modules
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 2:20pm to 2:40pm
To address this need at minimal cost and at scale, we relied heavily on custom 3D-printed and laser-cut parts, along with low-cost sensors, displays, and microcontrollers. All material costs were kept well under $50 for the majority of modules, and the activities replicated much of the experimentation, physical measurements, and data analysis of our existing unit operations equipment. Of course, safety was also of particular concern in module development, and each module was kept âkitchen safe.â
The process equipment developed in this work include pumps (centrifugal & peristaltic), packed beds, venturi and orifice meters, solar hydrolysis units, mason jar CSTRs, and more. This talk will describe the resulting teaching module collection, and how they have been used by students in a chemical engineering curriculum.
We are all hopeful that upcoming semesters will not require such tools or measures, and all students will have access to the irreplicable experience of operating pilot-scale unit operations equipment. However, the teaching modules developed in this work will find substantial use post-pandemic. Their potential will be discussed for K-12 outreach, traditional chemical engineering laboratories, in-class demonstrations, and in continued support for students who may need to be off-campus for extended periods.