For my engineering students: Team work is great. But here’s what can happen if you don’t follow the design process! http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-02-25/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dilbert%2Fdaily_strip+%28Dilbert+Daily+Strip+-+UU%29&utm_content=Google+International
Here is an article about a very cool initiative – Project Zero out of Harvard. The research is investigating the theory that “kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts.” In other words, when they are doing engineering-like activities such as tinkering, designing, and reverse-engineering previously designed objects!!… Continue reading design thinking in the K-12 classroom
Most students may not be planning to do a second degree or a different career when they start in the engineering program, but it’s good to know that your degree “has legs”, as explained in this article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix: http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=538c0d5d-e354-473d-836a-e9f089a30455&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UniversityAffairsMediaScan+%28Media+Scan+|+University+Affairs%29&utm_content=Google+International What do they mean? They mean that “an undergraduate degree in… Continue reading Engineering Degree “has legs”
Recently, Hurricane Sandy shut down New York City’s subway system for days. Here’s an article in the NYTimes about what engineers are doing to help solve this very real, and relatively new, problem. Creating a Balloonlike Plug to hold back floodwaters from the NYTimes. To my engineering design students: can you articulate the problem statement,… Continue reading An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge
This made me laugh. It’s pretty representative of my own first year engineering exam experience – except for the singing and music! My favourite part is the guy in the yellow shirt in the front row who keeps working!
While you’re studying next week, I have a few suggestions for you, based on my own studying experiences, the comments I’ve received from previous students, and what psychologists who actually study learning tell us. Here’s a great article: http://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/pubs/RBjork_2001b.pdf My interpretation: Reading solutions from the solutions manual and thinking “OK, I get it” is not… Continue reading Dynamics midterm study tips
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328515.100-ocean-current-slowdown-made-earth-spin-faster.html?nsref=climate-change&DCMP=OTC-rss Did you know that in November 2009, when the Antarctic Circumpolar Current slowed down for 2 weeks, the Earth actually spinned faster as a result, by 0.1 milliseconds per day!?!
To be honest, math always came easily to me and so I never understood the “math anxiety” or “I hate math” perspectives. This post, entitled Science: It’s Really, Really Hard, And That’s Something To Celebrate sums up a couple of key things that have bouncing around in my head but I hadn’t yet put into… Continue reading Science is hard and that’s a good thing!
Looking for some history and explanations, using every day language, of some of the concepts you’re learning in engineering? Here’s a cool 3 minute video about: The Wave Equation – the acceleration of a point on a vibrating string is proportional to the string’s tension – led to the development of radio Maxwell’s Equations –… Continue reading The World’s Hidden Equations
To be honest, this topic is completely foreign to me since I love math and have never experienced any math anxiety in my life! I am also not an expert on the current literature, but I thought this article might be useful for students: Brain Study Reveals how Successful Students Overcome Math Anxiety Apparently, overcoming… Continue reading how successful students overcome math anxiety