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Tuesday, November 1 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Animal-based Pedagogy in Engineering Education

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The human-animal bond is a unique and powerfully motivating force. Empirical evidence is mounting for the effectiveness of animal-based pedagogy in many different topic areas. In this session faculty from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will demonstrate the use of an animal-based curricular unit as a tool for integrating science and engineering education within an active learning, problem-based model. The unit will be a hands-on interactive project to design a solution for a failure in a major body system in an animal. In this case the development of a prosthesis for a dog whose leg had to be amputated due to a malignant bone cancer (osteosarcoma). We will explore the idea that animal-based education approaches can be used within a school setting to both achieve science benchmarks and to foster long term interest in STEM careers in middle school children.


Moderators
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Cynthia RL Webster

Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Speakers
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Megan Mueller

Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University


Tuesday November 1, 2016 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Meeting Room B