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Use of Living Systems to Teach Basic Engineering Concepts

Use of Living Systems to Teach Basic Engineering Concepts
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Author(s): Kauser Jahan (Rowan University, USA), Jess W. Everett (Rowan University, USA), Gina Tang (Rowan University, USA), Stephanie Farrell (Rowan University, USA), Hong Zhang (Rowan University, USA), Angela Wenger (New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, USA) and Majid Noori (Cumberland County College, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 12
Source title: Web-Based Engineering Education: Critical Design and Effective Tools
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Donna Russell (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA) and A.K. Haghi (University of Guilan, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-659-9.ch008


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Engineering educators have typically used non-living systems or products to demonstrate engineering principles. Each traditional engineering discipline has its own products or processes that they use to demonstrate concepts and principles relevant to the discipline. In recent years engineering education has undergone major changes with a drive to incorporate sustainability and green engineering concepts into the curriculum. As such an innovative initiative has been undertaken to use a living system such as an aquarium to teach basic engineering principles. Activities and course content were developed for a freshman engineering class at Rowan University and the Cumberland County College and K-12 outreach for the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences. All developed materials are available on a dynamic website for rapid dissemination and adoption.

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