Science is essential to life, yet for many, the humanities are more important, and so are the sciences.
That’s the gist of the recent discussion at the American Institute of Physics (AIP), which held a workshop to explore ways to better engage science students in the classroom.
The workshop focused on the value of science in teaching and in the workplace, and in particular, how the humanities can help students understand and engage with science.
The aim of the workshop was to find a way to make science relevant again, and how to make it accessible for everyone.AIP’s Director of Education, Stephanie Kinsman, said in a statement:We have a fundamental responsibility to all of humanity to ensure the future of our planet.
We cannot afford to turn back the clock on the progress we have made, and to continue to be at the forefront of science and technology, or even to continue learning from the great advances in our lives.
But we cannot do this alone.
We need to think beyond the confines of our classrooms and to develop strategies to make the humanities and science accessible to all.
This workshop was a step in that direction.
The goal of the workshops is to explore how the arts and humanities can be used in ways that engage students in science and to improve their understanding of science.
Kinsmann said in the statement:I believe that education should be a collaborative process, and that students need to be able to engage with one another in a collaborative and engaged way.
We have a lot to learn from the humanities, but the sciences are just as essential.
Science can be engaging, and it can be meaningful.
Science and engineering have enormous implications on the world.
But it’s also important that we have a broad, welcoming, and inclusive curriculum that fosters both a healthy debate and a critical attitude.
This year, AIP will also host a Science and Engineering Education Symposium in which AIP members and faculty will participate in workshops exploring the role of science education in our society.
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