Ted Willard, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) asked Eric Soble, String Theory Schools

PostedWednesday, February 17, 2016 at 3:48 PM

How do you make use of the engineering design process at String Theory Schools?
Hi Eric. My name is Ted Willard and I am on the LinkEngineering advisory board. The title of your school (String Theory Schools) caught my eye and I was curious to learn more about it as well as how engineering is incorporated into the curriculum. I'd be interested in any information you have to share.
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  • Eric Soble , String Theory Schools
    Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:46 PM
    Hi Ted! Thanks for your question. String Theory High School is a STEAM performing arts school in Philadelphia. While we don't cover actual string theory in the curriculum (I believe it is meant as a play on words with instrument strings), we do strive to incorporate elements of engineering into the classroom. STEM majors use iPads to work with Zero Motorcycles, 3D printing and AutoCAD is used in the classroom, and we use a motion capture studio to bring together science with arts/entertainment and digital design. We also have an aquaponics system where tilapia and fruits and vegetables are grown (and eaten at the end of the semester). 
    
    We're moving towards a project based curriculum, so I'm currently developing inquiry labs in physics and chemistry that allow the students to ask their own questions and design procedures and experimental setups that allow them to investigate these questions. LinkEngineering has helped immensely with this!
    
    Here are some links about the school:
    
    http://www.apple.com/education/real-stories/string-theory-schools/
    
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlA4mGFUoVE
    
    https://vimeo.com/155078187
    
    https://vimeo.com/143921343
    
    https://vimeo.com/127186658
    
    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
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