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Art for Engineers: Encouraging More Whole-Brain Thinking

Post contributed by Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E. The human brain’s left and right hemispheres have markedly different capabilities. The left hemisphere exhibits valuable verbal, analytic, logical, and linear characteristics while the right hemisphere offers equally powerful nonverbal, emotional, intuitive, spatial, and holistic features. Betty Edwards, in her 1999 book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, says this…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat: Pay Your Dues, Kid – Wed May 7

This post presents the topic of this week's #BigBeacon twitter chat - join us tomorrow, Wed May 7th at 8 pm EDT.  I (@engineeryrlife) will be hosting the chat this week.  All are welcome! One familiar practice in the engineering educational status quo is to swamp incoming students with work in order to get them to buckle down, get humble,…

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Twitter Chat – 20131120

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 8 PM EST for our weekly twitter chat on topics related to engineering education. This week, our guest host will be Dr. Fay Cobb Payton (read more about her below). Our topic will be Retaining and Graduating Underrepresented Students: Finding Creative Hooks for Broadening Participation. Whether you’re an engineering student, an educator,…

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Twitter Chat: Why Engineers Should Adopt an Artistic Mindset

  Tomorrow, October 16th 2013, at 8 pm EST, we'll join Jeff Shelton, aka 'Sheltoneer', a mechanical/industrial engineer with a passion for telling the lesser-known stories of the engineering profession and in improving engineering education, on the #BigBeacon twitter chat to hear why he believes that engineers would benefit from understanding or even adopting the skills and mindset of an…

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Joy in Engineering: Some real-life data points

Last night I hosted the Big Beacon twitter chat, Joy in Engineering. After introductions to welcome participants from the engineering community (including professional engineers, engineering students and engineering educators) in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, the topic was served up:   This 1st day of May we're looking at the 1st point in the #BigBeacon manifesto: A Whole New…

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Twitter Chat: Creativity in Engineering

The earliest engineers were renaissance thinkers and visionaries.  In the tradition of Leonardo daVinci, many were gifted artists as well as technical experts. Creativity as it appears (or doesn't) in engineering education and professional practice today is up for discussion on the Big Beacon Twitter chat tonight! Join us for the #BigBeacon Twitter Chat 2/27/2013 8PM EST.   We'll explore these…

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