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How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

  • 1.  How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    Posted 6 days ago

    As you may or may not know, AIChE is debuting its K-12 STEM Showcase at this year's Annual Meeting. Young students, their parents, and teachers will see chemical engineering in action through a series of demos put together by AIChE members.

     

    Can you share any examples of K-12 STEM events in your own communities or other ideas you might have to get kids excited about chemical engineering?



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    Monica Mellinger
    Senior Membership Associate & Engage Community Lead
    AIChE
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  • 2.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    Posted 6 days ago
    Create jobs.

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    Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti
    Assistant Professor
    Newcastle University in Singapore
    Singapore
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  • 3.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    There are a few ways
    Northeastern University , my school, has developed a reseed program, please see the description below
    also we have schedule bus tours for high school students and coordinated tours of facilities of businesses such as raytheon  , the naval war college, composite manufacturing facilities etc  and had a skypt interview for high school science students with a gaming manufacturer and a future one at AMGEN
    chris semonelli
    middletown rhode Island

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    Since 1991 the RE-SEED program at Northeastern University has trained over 750 retired scientists and engineers in fourteen states to assist K-12 science teachers in the classroom. Today there are over sixty volunteers assisting science teachers in the greater Boston area. After taking part in a comprehensive training program, participants are asked to assist in science classrooms one day a week for one school year (there is no obligation to continue and volunteers may select their assignment). Most volunteers serve over three years (the retention rate is seventy percent), and are very satisfied with the experience (see survey results for details).

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    • We give priority to underserved and underperforming schools.
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    https://web.northeastern.edu/reseed/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DSC_0073-1024x680.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" width="300" height="199" />VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTIONS

    • Increase students' interest in science
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    • "Before the 6th grade went down to see you, I had some doubt. I really dislike science. After you were done, I was in shock and began to enjoy science by the minute. For the whole week, I told everyone, everything I knew about magnetism. Thanks to you I am now enjoying science and getting better grades. Please come again soon! My whole class loves you." – 6th Grade Student
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      *You don't actually need to be fully retired to participate in this program.  Most all of the citizens that do RE-SEED are of retirement age, but still own and operate businesses, do other volunteer work, consult for their industry, or all of the above!

     



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    Christopher Semonelli
    Vice President Sales & Marketing
    Middletown RI
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  • 4.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    Chris,
    Thanks for posting about Northeastern's RE-SEED Program.  Great to see that my alma mater (and the world leader in experiential learning) is taking such a proactive role in K-12 STEM education.

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    Aaron Sarafinas
    Principal
    Sarafinas Process & Mixing Consulting LLC
    Warminster PA
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  • 5.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks for your nice note
    No 
    I am just the piano player 
    Surrounded by a large contingent of passionate supporters who see the vision 

    Sent from my iPhone





  • 6.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    The big survey by the Boy Scouts indicated students make up their career minds for engineering majors in junior high school.  After receiving STEM grants from NSF (about 8 or 9 years). I ran junior high school programs focused on the work of engineers and an introduction to engineering.  About 3 or 4 of these programs a year were run.  They lasted for a  week.  The program was very successful and many graduated with engineering degrees. Linkedin  helps me to understand the important success of this program as I can continue to contact these former students.  I have outlines of these programs if interested.  One of the biggest fun days involved reverse engineering.  The students worked in teams to take apart and analyze ink jet printers.
    Knickle@egr.uri.edu.

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    Harold Knickle
    Professor Emeritus of Chem Eng
    Naples FL
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  • 7.  RE: How to get young students (K-12) interested in chemical engineering

    25 Year AIChE Fellow
    Posted 5 days ago
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    We recently published a book entitled "Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering", intended for students, teachers, and guidance counselors.
    We have received excellent reviews. For details, see attached file.

    Thanks,

    Vic Edwards
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    Victor Edwards PhD,PE
    President and Principal Consultant
    VHE Technical Analysis
    Houston TX
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