STEM Day: ChBE Students introduce Middle-School Students to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

March 13, 2018

Last month, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosted approximately 70 middle school students during the PEER/WISE 2018 STEM Day.  ChBE Graduate and undergraduate students taught the middle school-aged kids how chemical engineers safely use and make thermal energy through chemical reactions. Students learned about redox reactions by electroplating a nickel plate with copper (where thermal energy is required for the reaction to occur) and a combustion reaction after generating hydrogen and oxygen gases to fuel a pipet rocket (where thermal energy is generated by the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen gases).   Once again, the participating students and parents raved that the ChBE activity was a favorite of their day.