A Case for Case Studies

Broadening and strengthening student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a major goal of the City Tech I3 Project and has been targeted by the National Science Foundation as a top priority.  The impetus for the development and use of case studies in science laboratories and classrooms at City Tech stems from the urgent need to make STEM learning more relatable and relevant to students.  Telling a story and creating dialogue that resonates with students will increase the likelihood that a student will uncover otherwise hidden connections between for example, Architecture and Mathematics.  Faculty members worked together in interdisciplinary teams over the spring and summer of 2012 to develop case studies for use in the classroom and laboratory.  The cases will be implemented in the fall of 2012.  The City Tech Case Studies that are currently in development are from the following departments:
  • Biology
  • English and Computer Systems Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Environmental Control Technology and Facilities Management and Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • Architecture and Mathematics
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering Technology

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