Use of living systems to teach basic engineering concepts

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWeb-Based Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Design and Effective Tools
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781615206599
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Engineering


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