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A Class Of Freshmen Get Dirty

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.11.1 - 6.11.5

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Craig Gunn

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Perhaps the words “getting dirty” have become archaic with the advent of computers that have allowed individuals to design, build, and test every conceivable item without leaving the comfort of their homes. Students entering the university today are much more unlikely to have taken apart an engine and much more likely to have never opened the hoods on their cars. With that in mind, one of the principle activities in the Residential Option for Science and Engineering Students (ROSES) course at Michigan State University is to give students a chance to delve into the world of design through activities that allow teamwork, investigation, and a certain amount of fun. The activities include tower construction and analysis, disassembly activities, and a unique activity called “Disassembling the University.” In most cases, they are not really “getting dirty,” but they are being allowed to put their hands and minds in places they have never seen before.

Gunn, C. (2001, June), A Class Of Freshmen Get Dirty Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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