This will be my third year teaching an elective course called "Design for Social Good". This summer I assigned myself the task of creating the entire curriculum in the form of a student digital workbook. The curriculum uses Fusion360 as an anchor, integrating CAD into various projects centered around Assistive Technology, Medicine, and Robotics. Additionally, I tired to integrate AI into the curriculum in meaningful ways, asking students to generate YouTube shorts using ChatGPT and Pictory I am hopeful that this curriculum provides a unified and organized space for students to engage in the curriculum. Because students will be copying and sharing their own workbooks, I am slightly nervous about how to push out to students the inevitable tweaks to the curriculum I will make throughout the year. Live and learn I suppose! Click here to access the curriculum. Note: Links to Fusion360 homework assignments can be found in the heading of each page.
Keeping in my my constant goal of managing the extraneous cognitive load of my teaching materials while simultaneously maintaining a high level of rigor, I have been tinkering with leveraging the "Speaker Notes" to streamline the location of project instructions, links, and rubrics.
See a few screenshots below from a recent project in my Biochemistry class where all instructions were provided in the Speaker Notes of the appropriate slide. I am enjoying this method of material delivery as it:
a) provides all resources for students in one location and...
b) allows for specific pieces of instruction to be strategically placed within their associated slide.
Additionally, the ability to hyperlink text to speaker notes allows for the inclusion of useful and expansive materials and instructions.
If you have been following my recent posts, merging the physical and life sciences is a passion of mine. Currently we are studying optics in my introductory physics class. Using preserved cow eyes left over from a biology dissection last semester, I challenged students to remove the lens from the eye, and using, determine the focal length of the lens experimentally. Below is are videos of initial student exploration once the lenses have been removed.
Below are 10 ways I have been leveraging AI in my classroom. Although STEM heavy, I am hopeful these applications will spark interest across disciplines.
The more I teach students in my Biochemistry class about the intricacies of Protein Folding, the more certain I become that it is a perfect learning medium for uniting various disciplines. From protein translation in biology, to intermolecular forces in chemistry, to applications of AI in computer science, developing an appreciation for the structure-function relationship in biology via investigating the elegant nature of how proteins fold is a powerful way to unite STEM disciplines. Below are a few activities I am currently using with my students in chemistry, biology, and engineering courses.