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Making Learning Elements in Macro-Engineering

Upperclassmen in Dr. Lenore Horner’s macro-engineering class  recently designed experiments that can be done by elementary students to better understand a particular element of science. Some students made devices that would help children understand the form and function of simple machines. All students were also required to write instructions for use of the devices, and a lesson plan for teachers. “I’ve asked the students to build a widget to teach elementary-aged students a science concept,” said Horner. “Engineering and design requires empathy to understand what the user wants to interact with the device.” The macro-engineering students are learning to use that empathetic process in order to figure out how a child would respond and interact with the device.