Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018
Algae was used for a freshman engineering class for project based learning. Algae, a photosynthetic microorganism is ubiquitous and its use has been documented for centuries in food, medicine, and aquaculture. The modern use of algae far exceeds the three areas mentioned and extends from pollution prevention, green house gas sequestration, biofuels to innovative materials. Innovative hands on activities were developed that investigated various engineered use of algae. The unique feature of this project was to also integrate concepts from the humanities to each activity. These concepts included ethics, race/gender biases, public policy and investigating the global challenges facing the world. Students were divided into teams of three to four and each team was asked to pick a country of their choice. The team then had to research how algae could help grow the future of their country. Every team had to investigate the history, politics, socio-economic problems, climate, land use adn economy of their country. Each team had make a final presentation on their findings. The project was well liked by the students as evident from course evaluations. The students specifically liked the use of a live organism to connect engineering and the humanities.
Jahan, K., & Bodnar, C. A., & Farrell, S. (2018, October), Algae for Project Based Learning Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31444
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