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Pages: 9413-9419
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.2329

Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain

DOING MORE WITH LESS: USING HIGH-THROUGHPUT AND PARALLEL EXPERIMENTAL SYSTEMS TO ENHANCE LEARNING

V. Xiao, J. Abdul-Raheem, J.F. Hamel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (UNITED STATES)
This work explores using high-throughput methods, real-time data capture, and automated analysis to enhance the student learning experience in applied college-level biochemical engineering lab classes. In the past, engineering laboratory classes were structured with a pre-lab lecture, one uniform assigned experiment, and data analysis done at a later date and then reported back. Additionally, traditional equipment setups such as shake flasks and bioreactors offer little real-time information and experimental setup can require a large amount of time and materials. Furthermore, data collection from traditional setups such as shake flasks often disturb the system under study.

In this work, we present three methods for the use of high-throughput systems and parallel experiments with online sensors to enable fresh approaches to teaching the applied college-level biochemical engineering lab. The use of high-throughput micro-bioreactor systems facilitates multiple simultaneous experiments that require tenfold smaller amounts of consumables and reduces set-up and sampling time by two-fold, while also increasing the amount of valuable data obtained. Additionally, these methods allow for students to engage directly in the experimental process design and to learn through an iterative and collaborative design process, therefore enhancing student engagement and facilitating the development of higher-order thinking. The results to date indicate substantial student engagement, higher-order process design understanding, and enhanced technical laboratory skills.
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author = {Xiao, V. and Abdul-Raheem, J. and Hamel, J.F.},
title = {DOING MORE WITH LESS: USING HIGH-THROUGHPUT AND PARALLEL EXPERIMENTAL SYSTEMS TO ENHANCE LEARNING},
series = {12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2018 Proceedings},
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SN - 978-84-697-9480-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2018.2329
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V. Xiao, J. Abdul-Raheem, J.F. Hamel (2018) DOING MORE WITH LESS: USING HIGH-THROUGHPUT AND PARALLEL EXPERIMENTAL SYSTEMS TO ENHANCE LEARNING, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 9413-9419.
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