Objectives and Design
June 2005 SIMSMC
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The Summer Institute in Materials Science and Material
Culture is a two-week summer program at MIT. We offer this program to
faculty at liberal arts colleges around the country, and we anticipate
that the participants will represent a broad spectrum of fields in science,
social science, and humanities.
The Summer Institute is designed to introduce engineering -- specifically,
materials science and engineering -- to liberal arts curricula. Working
with faculty from liberal arts institutions, we plan to demonstrate how
their teaching can incorporate the subject matter of materials science
in imaginative and intellectually stimulating ways congruent with and
relevant to the pursuits of their own disciplines.
The faculty who offer the SIMSMC have had outstanding success in designing
undergraduate courses at MIT that combine materials science and engineering
with archaeology and archaeological science. We will share our experience
in teaching materials science and material culture as one example of effective
multidisciplinary education that includes engineering at its core.
A liberal education in the 21st century has to equip young people with
an interest in and an exposure to engineering as an endeavor that affects
so many aspects of our lives. Materials science and engineering in particular
offers many points of contact with the subject matter and the intellectual
formation provided by other academic disciplines. The SIMSMC gives participants
an opportunity to consider how they can expand the compass of their teaching
to equip students with the range of perspectives and tools that only a
liberal education provides.