Design of problem-based learning activities in the field of microfluidics for 12- to 13-year-old participants—Small Plumbing!: empowering the next generation of microfluidic engineers

Helen Bridle, Jonathan Andrew Scott Morton, Pamela Cameron, Marc Phillipe Yves Desmulliez, Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Public engagement activities based on microfluidics are being increasingly delivered and reported on in the literature. Here, we evaluate the success of a novel approach to microfluidics outreach recently undertaken with schoolchildren aged 12–13. Unlike previous work, a problem-based learning approach was adopted whereby participants were asked to design and test a microfluidic system to solve a research challenge. Our aim was to develop understanding of microfluidics design, manufacture and operation via involvement in the full engineering cycle of a product, from ideas to design, and from fabrication to test. This article demonstrates that problem-based learning is a successful method of public engagement with microfluidics, and we share our best practice, including activity design, supporting material produced for the project and an example case study detailing the types of chips produced by the participants. Furthermore, following an evaluation of the activity by all participants recommendations for delivery of this, or similar, activities are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103
JournalMicrofluidics and Nanofluidics
Volume20
Issue number7
Early online date1 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Design of problem-based learning activities in the field of microfluidics for 12- to 13-year-old participants—Small Plumbing!: empowering the next generation of microfluidic engineers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Press / Media

    "Small Plumbing" project

    Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas

    30/06/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    Cite this