Science and Engineering for Social Good

  • 09 Feb 2018
  • 4:30 PM
  • 11 Feb 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Klaus Advanced Computing Building

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Many of the pressing global issues and problems of our time, including health, energy and the environment, infrastructure, security, and economic development have significant scientific and technological dimensions. In order to meet the challenges, interdisciplinary approaches—bringing together STEM, the arts/humanities, global knowledge, and a diversity of people and ideas—must be at the core of education and work in this 21st century.  In this conference, we will explore strategies to build holistic approaches to education—for both STEM and non-STEM majors (e.g,. STEM-enhanced liberal arts).  In addition, we will explore the implications of such highly interdisciplinary and global approaches for education, and the increasingly diverse and global workforce.

Leading experts will focus on programs, strategies, and tools  for building highly interdisciplinary STEM/STEM-related programs—for majors and non-majors. Four cross-cutting approaches will be illustrated through SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) (Georgia Tech), Serve-Learn-Sustain (Georgia Tech), and LSAMP (research and practice in diversity in STEM).  Participants will examine each of these cross-cutting approaches in the context of one of the following areas: engineering and technology education, energy and the environment, and medicine and health. As an outcome for the work, each participant should draft a tentative plan as to how the knowledge gained might be used to design/redesign a course, curriculum, or special project that embodies the holistic approach to STEM education and/or the work environmen.

Additionally, the conference will include a poster session where participants can share more about related work being done at their institutions, and there will be time for 15-minute short talks about related work. These posters and talks, focused on research or program development, should be in the broad area of science and engineering for social good.  Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following: science and civic engagement, sustainable development (e.g., within developing countries, or high-needs communities in developed countries), energy and environmental systems, medicine and health, broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM (with particular attention to engineering), and building research and program communities (e.g., use of vertically integrated projects). Posters and presentations may be proposed as part of the registration process.
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