P324: Non-Newtonian Fluids: Math and chemistry meet
Developing a platform to introduce more integrated STEM learning processes/methods in the classroom can prove to be fun and educational for students at a secondary level. The module was implemented through a National Science Foundation grant, GK-12, at Texas Tech University. The topic of Non-Newtonian Fluids is one which is traditionally covered solely within a science class/curriculum; however, we can show high school students that other STEM subjects like math and physics are just as necessary when studying Non-Newtonian substances. The module was launched at a local Lubbock, Texas high school and topics covered with the students included water tension, vectors, shearing, and polymers. The calculations and equations used to make the project a success were also demonstrated. This project has been effective in chemistry and mathematics classrooms, and it has clearly shown that building bridges between these two courses can be fun and informative.