The students will work in groups of 4-5 to test the effects of changing one variable in the electrospinning setup. After they build their apparatuses, the students will engage in a discussion of how it could be changed to be more efficient. They will then choose one of the following variables to focus on:
The students will be responsible for designing a sound experimental procedure, running at least three tests, and analyzing their results. To compare their tests, the students will be able to determine yield in the classroom, and they will also have their samples sent to Drexel to be imaged using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The SEM images will then be analyzed by the students using computer software.
To share their results, each group will construct and present a research poster outlining their procedure, data, and conclusions.
Below you can download the Student Proposal Worksheet, the Project Rubric, Instructions, and the Powerpoint presentation that will be used to introduce the core concepts of nanotechnology and electrospinning.