A New Format for First Year Dialogue - Hisham Alnajjar
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A New Format for First Year Dialogue - Hisham Alnajjar

CETA First Year Dialogue courses have gone through a major change this academic year, making them more interactive and dynamic. The courses traditionally cover general information such as policies, regulations, majors in the college, and clubs in a class setting environment. Activities inside our labs and studios were introduced. ES 101 Engineering Freshman Dialogue and ET 111 Intro to Engineering Technology students are now required to spend only half the semester in the classroom, attend three mentor sessions, and three demonstrations in the labs and studios of CETA.

Associate Dean Alnajjar introduced the demos to the freshmen courses as part of the First-Year Experience. “The demonstrations will help our students experience engineering, technology, and architecture principles first hand with our experienced faculty in our many labs and studios which will help in engaging our students and keeping them informed.” Typically each demo is offered 4-5 times and students are given the choice to select three demos, ideally outside their major.

During the electromagnetic fields demo by professor Tom Eppes, a sudden twang by a charged defibrillator drawn toward a high powered magnet surprised the group, including Aikaterini Stylianides ’20, who said, “Being able to get a hands on demonstration creates a more exciting learning environment for me.”

Aaron Vance ’20 and professor Tom Eppes during the electromagnetic fields demo.

Aaron Vance ’20 and professor Tom Eppes during the electromagnetic fields demo.

DEMOS

Acoustics experiment | Audio Studios | Biomedical experiment | Data Acquisition/Communications | Electromagnetic Field | Environmental experiment | Laser Cutting | Manufacturing Metrology | Materials Testing | Mechatronics | Robotics | Soldering skills | Surveying | Machine Shop skills | Wind Tunnels | 3D Printing | Attend NASA CTSGC Expo 2016