July 10, 2018
This summer the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering brought 24 high school students to campus for the GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) camp. They participated in a variety of activities, including demonstrations, presentations, hands-on activities, and tours which exposed them to the breadth of chemical engineering.
Led by Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla, the camp’s experiments involving distillation, polymer extrusion, acid rain, starch straining, foaming face wash, and continuous distillation. Professor Diao and members of her lab led the campers in activities making chocolate shapes, drying them, and discussing how chocolate crystallizes. In another session, Professor Mary Kraft and her team led the campers in an activity about gold nanoparticles, during which the students aggregated a gold colloid. Another popular activity was the hydrogel demonstration led by the Hyunjoon Kong Lab, wherein the hydrogels run after each other on top of water. The students also enjoyed making oobleck courtesy of the Simon Rogers Lab.