San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.460.1 - 25.460.14
Initiatives aimed at creating and offering specialized courses for STEM (Science, technology,Engineering and Mathematics) majors are generally not supported at Predominately UndergraduateInstitutions (PUI). However, it is imperative that our future scientists have opportunities toexperience a broad and integrative scientific education. In the growing STEM environment at variousuniversities around the globe, an interdisciplinary course that attract students from a number ofSTEM disciplines, offers cross-disciplinary innovative features, and provides training to preparestudents for the demands of modern science and biomaterials technology. We have proposed todevelop and implement an integrative biomechanics course for STEM majors at Youngstown StateUniversity (YSU). The aim of such type of interdisciplinary course curriculum is to provide studentswith an understanding of basic structure/function relationships of biological tissues and systems,mechanical principles governing animal locomotion, and mechanics of biofluids by engagingstudents with hands-on experiences in computational, demonstrational, and experimentallaboratories. To this end, this innovative and interdisciplinary course is designed to broaden theexperience of our STEM majors towards successful careers in STEM related fields. STEM studentscan be engaged in peer mentoring and learn from each other. For example, engineering students mayfacilitate biological sciences students learning mechanical principles of solids and fluids, whilebiological sciences students may facilitate engineering students learn anatomical features of animaltissues and systems. Integrative courses broaden the educational experiences of STEM majors, andmay serve as a general model for developing interdisciplinary STEM curricula at PUIs.
Panta, Y. M., & Butcher, M. T. (2012, June), Development of an Integrative Biomechanics Course for STEM Majors Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21218
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