Introducing High School Students to Chemical Engineering Kinetics With a Simple Experiment-Based Smartphone Education Application

  • Simone Stanley Howard University • Washington, DC 20059
  • Patrick Ymele-Leki Howard University • Washington, DC 20059

Abstract

A community outreach project was integrated in a District of Columbia public schools summer internship program for students from underrepresented minorities in STEM. The project introduced these students to fundamental engineering principles by leveraging a smartphone application (App) so readily accessible and attractive to them that it boosted their learning interest. Kinetics experiments using the App features were developed and made suitable for pre-college students by undergraduate mentors.

Author Biographies

Simone Stanley, Howard University • Washington, DC 20059

Simone M. Stanley is a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University. She is passionate about student outreach, which she has done in various leadership roles with the National Society of Black Engineers and the DC Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation and conduct research in healthcare technology.


Patrick Ymele-Leki, Howard University • Washington, DC 20059

Patrick Ymele-Leki is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and held a joint post-doctoral position at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston. His research interests are in the areas of biochemical engineering, biofilm engineering, and drug discovery.


Published
2017-09-25
Section
Manuscripts