Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Action Learning in Strategies for Sustainability Management

Students learn about sustainable development and risk management through action learning – applying concepts to real world organizations and discussing ideas with peers.

Goals:

  • To help students cultivate the skills necessary to develop a risk management and sustainability program in an organization at the community level in a way that continually improves the organization's ability to meet its objectives over the long term in an uncertain world. These skills include (but are not limited to) knowing how:

Advanced Laboratory Class

Joe Peidle developed this class with Melissa Franklin to help expose advanced physics students to apparatuses that they may encounter in a real research lab. Students come into experimental lab sections to perform simple activities with the staff to learn how to use the apparatuses throughout the entire class.

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Blitz Thesis

Overview: Students respond to a quote by and formulating for and against arguments on the spot. 

Goals: Encourages students to develop mental agility by constructing arguments quickly and helps prepare students for exams.

Procedure:

  1. The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author.  For example, this activity was done with two quotes from George Decker and Carl von Clausewitz.  
  2. Students are prompted to argue in favor or against.  They write for 5 minutes and lay out an argument, give Read more about Blitz Thesis

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