Summer SAVY Session 6, Day 2, Intro to Chemical Engineering (Rylander)
Today was a very insightful day for students as we explored the role that chemical engineers play in product research. We learned about consumer surveys and how they help inform product development by creating our own “juice product” and surveying another class on their preferred color of juice. It was an awesome experience to be able to pretend to be chemical engineers conducting life-like product research.
After lunch, we had an exciting time with our outdoor recreational activity, soaking up some sunshine and warmth! In our afternoon session, we explored matter and its three phases and then put our earlier learning of the engineering design process into practice as we engaged in more STEM building challenges, focusing today on improving our designs and working with different materials than we did yesterday.
Questions for further exploration with your students could include:
-What is the engineering design process and how do engineers utilize this process in their daily jobs?
-What type of engineer career interests you?
-What is a product you could conduct consumer research on?