Summer SAVY Session 6, Day 5, Intro to Chemical Engineering (Rylander)
It was a bittersweet goodbye for us in the Introduction to Chemical Engineering class today. The students have had a ton of fun this week, learned a lot, collaborated well, and generated some amazing ideas. We began today with a discussion of what synthetic materials are and the role that chemical engineers play in creating those, as well as the role they play on our earth and within our everyday lives. We then reviewed all we had learned about the engineering design process including key vocabulary terms like improve, process, and design. In the afternoon, students created a drawing and story about a type of engineer they might like to be. We completed our week with a super fun Play Dough Creation and Sculpting party!
Overall, our course objectives this week were well mastered by all students. We aimed for the following: know the role of a chemical engineer and provide examples of the types of problems they solve; understand the three states of matter and describe what can happen when the states of matter are combined; collect information about everyday products and systems by asking questions; and understand the engineering design process as they independently design and carry out a challenge to improve the quality of play dough. Students achieved and demonstrated mastery or higher on each of these academic goals.
I am so pleased with the progress students have made this week. I hope you are each as proud of your students as we are! I look forward to providing you detailed feedback on your student through the rubric. Stay tuned for those, and have a great rest of your summer!