Chemical Engineering

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Today we met Jamie Robinson, a Process Engineer at Suncor Energy in Denver. We learned about how chemical engineers design and build systems for chemical production on a very large scale.

Our hands-on challenge was to design a "mini popper" that exploded in exactly 2 seconds. After learning about the chemical reactions that occur when mixing vinegar and baking soda, we put on our chemical engineering hats to figure out just the right mix of ingredients to accomplish the goal. There was in fact no "right" answer, but many possible combinations!