Science fiction in engineering instruction: To boldly go where no educator has gone before

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Long used for enhancing science and physics education, science fiction has not been effectively integrated with engineering education. Unfortunately, this represents a loss of a valuable resource and opportunity for enhancing engineering education, as well as attracting new students to the profession. With these basic goals in mind, a new class has been developed that uses science as conveyed in 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 physics and engineering in "sci fi" and teaching the correct behaviors. In this fashion, students can develop lasting mental pictures of the way things function and the complexities of design. This course also discusses the interactions and implications of technology and society, as well as the ethical considerations of engineering given human nature and the limited natural resources of the earth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1551-1558
Number of pages8
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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