Honors College

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Honors Thesis

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The purpose of this project is to propose the use of a computer simulation to provide middle and high school students with a chemical engineering design experience. Long standing collective efforts between the University of Maine Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Pulp and Paper Foundation have resulted in a variety of outreach programs aimed at students of this age. Recently, both organizations have been increasing efforts in these areas, proposing a senior design project focused on making a portable model demonstrating chemical engineering concepts. This project was examined along with other outreach efforts and teaching modules. The successes and failures of each at addressing chemical engineering outreach became the basis of a new simulation proposal. The program’s design was to coexist with the current efforts and become part of a larger picture. The program’s function and operation were explained in parallel with these goals. The ability of the proposed computer simulation to address particular failings in current outreach programs and accomplish its own specific goals were addressed.