Science Fiction in the Engineering Classroom to Help Teach Basic Concepts and Promote the Profession

TitleScience Fiction in the Engineering Classroom to Help Teach Basic Concepts and Promote the Profession
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSegall, AE
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Volume91
Pagination419-423
Date Published2002
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsDYNAMICS , ENGINEERING , PHYSICS , SCIENCE , teaching
AbstractAlthough science fiction has appeared in science and physics education for many years, the genre has not been widely used to augment engineering education. Considering the potential for science fiction to help illustrate many common engineering concepts, while at the same time challenging the students to think about the many possibilities of design and technology, this exclusion represents a loss of a valuable resource. In order to begin utilizing this valuable resource, a new freshman-level course was developed that uses science fiction films and literature to illustrate and teach basic engineering concepts. Central to the course delivery is "poking fun" at the disobedience of the laws of nature and misuse of engineering while at the same time teaching the correct behaviors. By illustrating basic engineering concepts in this fashion, students can hopefully develop lasting mental pictures of the way things function and the complexities of design. 
NotesSEGALL, ALBERT E. 1; Email Address: aesegall@psu.edu; Affiliation: 1: Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University; Source Info: 10/ 1/2002, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p419; Subject Term: SCIENCE fiction -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: PHYSICS -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: DYNAMICS -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: TEACHING; Number of Pages: 5p; Illustrations: 3 Black and White Photographs; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1002/j.2168-9830.2002.tb00727.x

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