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Science Matters

A weekly feature (begun November 2004) connecting Center activities to what's happening in the world at large.

In keeping with the Nov. 19th Brown Bag discussion topic, Exploring Pathways to Access: Students Teaching Students...

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." ~ Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Italian physicist and astronomer

"The claim of General Education is that the history of science is part of science. So are its philosophy, its great literature, and its social and intellectual context. The contribution of science instruction to the life of the university and to society should include these elements, since science includes them..." ~ Harvard committee on general education

"Oh, that Einstein, always skipping lectures... I certainly never would have thought he could do it." ~ Hermann Minkowski (1864-1909) German mathematician

New Jersey Institute of Technology pioneers new way to teach engineers
from EurekAlert! Science News

Professor Richard Foulds, along with other professors at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), is pioneering a new way to educate engineers. Professors who use the method, called studio learning, demonstrate the fundamentals of engineering not by lecture and recitation but by active, hands-on, experiment-based learning.

"Our students love studio learning, which has caused enrollment in the biomedical department to mushroom," says Foulds, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical engineering who shepherded the studio method to NJIT. "You will never see students, in my studio classes, asleep in the back of the room. You'll see their faces lit up with curiosity, inquiry and an active desire to learn." Read more...

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