Teaching & Outreach
CHE 352 – Chemical Engineering Lab I
Exposure to emerging sciences in high school is extremely important, and can make a great impression on students as they choose next stages of their education. Proper motivation and guidance can help encourage students to pursue STEM majors in college. Therefore, we strongly believe that high school is the most impactful target for the goals of introducing students to STEM as a research field, specifically in chemical engineering and bioengineering. Currently, our lab is a member of The SCience and ENgineering Experience (SCENE) high school program, and we mentor high school students in our lab working on formulation development.
For one Saturday in February, ASU hosts Open door event for parents and children from the local community which attracat >10,000 visitors to the Tempe campus ever year. Our research group staffs a table with fun, hands-on activities to illustrate concepts at the interface of materials and biology. Our lab participated in the 2019, 2020 OpenDoor@ASU and we taught children and parents about natural polymers (PhD and Master’s student at Opendoor).
VIDEO GAME FOR LEARNING METABOLISM – IMMUNITY RAGE
The computer game is designed where the interface allows the user to drive a vehicle through different paths of the metabolic pathways with drugs represented by road-blocks that can be used to inhibit specific pathways. This game provides user-interface to glycolysis, amino acid synthesis, fatty acid oxidation, viral genome insertions, and Krebs cycle. The ability to control metabolic pathways provides the user to overcome the ‘Warburg effect’ or glycolysis hijacking by cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment, which often leads to immune cells not functioning optimally. This game also allows the user to choose different metabolites, metabolic inhibitors, and genetic manipulation of enzymes to control the metabolic pathways.
Game link will be available soon!