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Testing Nano-technology Modules

Course: 25.108 - Introduction to Engineering II (Plastics Engineering)
Instructor: Carol Barry
Partner: UMass Lowell Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)

The Center for High-rate Nano-manufacturing (CHN) developed modules for demonstrating nano technology for middle school outreach programs. The students of the Introduction to Plastics Engineering II class then tested these modules, exposing the students to topics such as materials, processing, design, and societal impact issues associated with nanotechnology.

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Explaining Nanotechnology

Course: 25.108 - Introduction to Engineering II (Plastics Engineering)
Instructor: Carol Barry
Partner: UMass Lowell Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)

The students (in teams) were asked to develop new hands-on activities for the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)’s outreach program to extended day program at the Bartlett Middle School in Lowell, MA. The freshmen were first introduced to the nanoscale and the differences in properties at the nanoscale, selected nano products, and the societal impact issues associated with nanotechnology.

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Nominal Problem – Alleyway Maintenance

Course: 14.310- Engineering Materials
Instructor: Krishna Vedula
Partner: Lawrence Community Works (LCW) and Groundwork Lawrence (GL)

The LCW and GL have worked with the neighborhood residents that live near some alleyways owned by an absentee landlord. The alleyways have been converted for other uses, but ongoing maintenance has been an issue, with rains sweeping mulch away and clogging sewer drains, etc. The students were asked to find materials that could be used in the alleyways in order to decrease the frequency of maintenance.

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Explaining the Nanoscale

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II (Plastics Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Carol Barry
Partner: Museum of Science, Boston

The freshmen were first introduced to the nanoscale and the differences in properties at the nano scale, selected nano products, and the societal impact issues associated with nanotechnology. Then, the students (in teams) were asked to design a new give-away for the Museum of Science’s NanoDays events; these give-aways have the goal of explaining the nanoscale. .

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Explaining Nanotechnology

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II (Plastics Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Carol Barry
Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell - Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)

The students (in teams) were asked to develop new hands-on activities for the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)’s outreach program to extended day program at the Bartlett Middle School in Lowell, MA.

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