San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
25.206.1 - 25.206.30
Attitudes Towards Fluids: the Impact of Flow VisualizationSince 2003, a course on flow visualization has been offered to mixed teams of engineering andfine arts photography and video students at the University of Colorado. A survey instrument isbeing developed that explores student perceptions of and attitude towards fluid physics. It hasbeen administered to students in the flow visualization course, in a traditional junior level fluidmechanics course, in a course on design and in an upper division technical elective onsustainable energy as a control. Survey results indicate that the students in the flow visualizationcourse, after a semester of making images for art’s sake, emerge believing that fluid mechanics ismore important to themselves as engineers and to society, i.e. they have a positive shift in affect.The students in the traditional fluids course which is packed with real-life engineering examplesexhibit a negative shift in attitude, which is typical of other technical courses. The use ofphotography in improving student perceptions is being extended to a course on perception ofdesign; preliminary results from a survey on attitudes towards design suggest less of an impactthan the flow visualization course. Examples of student images from both courses will bepresented as well.
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