“Engineering education is not a mind-numbing math-science death march that casts aside thousands of capable young people who might otherwise have made effective engineers. It is a joyful, trusting process that delights in serving student aspirations, learning, and growth, unleashing the potential of each individual.” Big Beacon Manifesto Slide 26
Join us on June 5th at 8PM Eastern for our weekly #BigBeacon Twitter Chat where educators, engineers, and students alike come together to discuss topics in engineering education. This week the topic is the “math-science death march,” essentially meaning the requirements to take copious amounts of math and science to enter into and complete an engineering degree. Special Guest Host Morgan Bakies, an engineering student in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Big Beacon Student Ambassador, will lead the discussion. Participants will be challenged to identify scenarios that can motivate, inspire, and initiate change, challenging the status quo and transforming engineering education.
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to change a technological world find an education system developed during the heyday of manual switchboards and Hollerith keypunches. In a world of collaboration and teamwork, they find schools with individuals learning alone. In a world of cool product and service design, sensitivity to the voice of the customer, and attention to the needs of those in the developing world, they find a math-science death march and rigid curricula, taught in impersonal lecture halls, with an emphasis on one right (largely technical) answer.” Big Beacon Manifesto Slide 8
Some thoughts from our host, Morgan:
In my mind, the math-science death march leads to two major problems within engineering education: 1) passionate students are turned off of engineering and learning or 2) smart students succeed because they’re book smart but may not actually enjoy engineering.
Morgan’s Questions for reflection:
Morgan’s Suggested Reading
How to Twitter Chat
If you’ve never twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy. First, get a twitter account if you don’t already have one and sign into it. At 8pm ET on Wednesday go to twitter.com and type #BigBeacon into the search box on twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the twitter chat see your posting. Alternatively, sign into the free service tweetchat.com, type in the hashtag #BigBeacon, and tweetchat will automate the search and hashtag append functions for you.
Join us on Wednesday, 15 May at 8pm ET for the #BigBeacon twitter chat on engineering education listening to and collaborating with stakeholders.