Tufts University Animal Based Pedagogy in Engineering Education
Presented by: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Strand: K-12 Education
Animal-based curriculum provides an opportunity to engage students with authentic, contextualized science and engineering problems that are engaging and intrinsically motivating. Prior work suggests that animal-based content increases student motivation for learning by providing an intrinsically interesting and emotionally relevant topic of learning. Animal-based content provides an ideal context for integrating science and engineering principles. For example, an activity that ivolves designing and building a splint for a dog with a broken bone requires an understanding of animal physiologu (science), as well as of the design principles necessary to build an effective device (engineering). Faculty at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in cooperation with the School of Engineering have designed or adapted curricular units that can be used as tools for integrating science and engineering education within an active learning, probelm-based model. These units are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Science and Technology/Engineering standards for grades 6 to 8 to facilitate integration of animal-based engineering problems into the classroom. In this exhibit, faculty/staff from Cummings will demonstrate how these units are implemented.