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Engaging Non-STEM Majors in Authentic Problem Solving
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Daniel Loranz, Truckee Meadows Community College
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: "PHYS 117: Intro to Space Science and Engineering" is a new course at Truckee Meadows Community College developed specifically to engage non-STEM majors in authentic problem solving. In this course, students earn science credits by completing hands-on projects in high-altitude ballooning, lighter-than-air vehicles, rocketry, and robotics. All course projects pose legitimate and unsolved problems that require students to balance multiple competing constraints in the search for optimal solutions. And each project takes students through a complete cycle of i) Design/Build, ii) Deploy/Evaluate, and iii) Reflect/Report.
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