Thinking Like a ChemE: Building a Humanitarian Filter

Thinking Like a ChemE: Building a Humanitarian Filter” is a workshop activity that allows students grades 3-8 to think critically while using very basic separation principles to make a water filter from common everyday objects. As background, we ask students to think about the real life application of this exercise: the example we give the students is the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico who may need a cost efficient water filter from materials they already have. 

Students are divided into teams of 5-7, plus 1 or 2 supervising volunteers per team, depending on the...

Module details
Interactive?Yes
Approx. time requirement120 minutes
AIChE community affiliationUniversity of Florida Student Chapter
Approx. # of volunteers10
Recommended audience size40
Audience best suited for module: 
Sixth Grade to Eighth Grade (approximately ages 11-14)
Is the module interactive ? (Can students actively participate): 
Yes
Approximate time that the module requires (minutes): 
120.00
AIChE Community Affiliation: 
University of Florida Student Chapter
Approximate Budget: 
$75
Approximate Number of Volunteers: 
10
Recommended Audience Size: 
40

Super Slime

Many students are familiar with silly putty and other slime products, however very few understand the science and chemistry that goes into making these products. This activity seeks to educate students on the reaction that creates slime as well as show how the physical properties of the slime change when different proportions of reactants are used. This activity addresses a wide range of topics including physical properties, polymers, and non-Newtonian fluids, as well as introduces students to the Engineering Design Process. 

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Module details
Interactive?Yes
Approx. time requirement10 minutes
AIChE community affiliationAIChE at NC State, AICHE Eastern Local Section, Southern Division
Approx. # of volunteers2
Audience best suited for module: 
Third Grade to Fifth Grade (approximately ages 8-11)
Is the module interactive ? (Can students actively participate): 
Yes
Approximate time that the module requires (minutes): 
10.00
AIChE Community Affiliation: 
AIChE at NC State, AICHE Eastern Local Section, Southern Division
Approximate Budget: 
$15
Approximate Number of Volunteers: 
2

Racing with Interchangeable Parts

Students are challenged to recreate a tire that is missing from a Lego racecar using measurements that they take.  Students must first measure all of the dimensions of the tire that they need to recreate.  Then the model car and tire will be taken away, and the students will work with Crayola Model Magic clay to recreate the missing tire entirely based on their measurements. The students will then test the fit of their newly created part in the racecar, testing the size and movability of the racecar with their new tire by rolling it down a ramp and (optionally) measuring its...

Module details
Interactive?Yes
Approx. time requirement15 minutes
AIChE community affiliationUniversity of New Haven
Approx. # of volunteers2
Recommended audience size12
Audience best suited for module: 
Sixth Grade to Eighth Grade (approximately ages 11-14)
Is the module interactive ? (Can students actively participate): 
Yes
Approximate time that the module requires (minutes): 
15.00
AIChE Community Affiliation: 
University of New Haven
Approximate Budget: 
$82
Approximate Number of Volunteers: 
2
Recommended Audience Size: 
12

Milk That Turns Into Paint

Make an important adhesive with pigment (paint) based on milk casein, using separation techniques and the functions of conventional materials

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Module details
Interactive?Yes
Approx. time requirement30 minutes
AIChE community affiliationUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Student Chapter
Approx. # of volunteers5
Recommended audience size50
Audience best suited for module: 
Third Grade to Fifth Grade (approximately ages 8-11)
Is the module interactive ? (Can students actively participate): 
Yes
Approximate time that the module requires (minutes): 
30.00
AIChE Community Affiliation: 
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Student Chapter
Approximate Budget: 
$80
Approximate Number of Volunteers: 
5
Recommended Audience Size: 
50

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