Adhesives Curriculum Development
cd is a how-to guide for teachers setting up a student engineering
project. This particular project is on marine adhesives; it
can be modified for other topics. For teachers following this
project in marine adhesives, you will find a complete set
of laboratory handouts and tutorials and assignments here.
Also included is information about materials and supplies.
The project is designed for 3 teams of students: a college
team, a community college team, and a vocational high school
team. The materials can be modified for a different mix of
participants. There is a research institution partner. In
our case, it is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The student teams are asked to solve a real engineering problem,
to learn about the technology and science involved, and to
invent a tool, prototype it and test it.
designed an underwater adhesives applicator and paint marker
for use by the submersible, Alvin, which is equipped with
robotic arms. After testing a variety of adhesives, they chose
a two-part epoxy which can be mixed and applied underwater
under cold conditions and high hydrostatic pressures. During
a geophysics mission, the submarine pilot will paint orientation
symbols with pigmented adhesive on the rocks collected and
brought to the surface.
development by Enid Sichel and Maurice Tivey with support
from the National Science Foundation, grant DUE-0101632 in
the ATE program.