Hands-on lab experiments are crucial for students to develop proficiency
with the science and engineering practices in the Next Generation Science
Standards, but traditional labs often require hazardous materials, expensive
equipment, long lab times, and dedicated facilities, leaving them out of reach
for many schools. Paper microfluidics provides a safe, low-cost, and easy-to-use
platform to do hands-on chemistry experiments without specialized equipment or
lab spaces. MICRO Project experiments use paper microfluidics to teach
inquiry-based chemistry labs. Each MICRO lab is designed to engage students in
science and engineering practices and includes instructor notes, customizable
pre- and post-lab questions, student procedures, and background on a relevant
issue of equity and justice. These labs have been used by thousands of students
at universities, community colleges, and middle and high schools. Participants
at the Share-a-Thon will perform a MICRO titration lab.
Attendees will learn how to integrate authentic scientific practices into safe, hands-on, low-cost lab experiments.
Rachel Roller (PhD Candidate: Mishawaka, IN)