ERIC Number: ED304318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Projects Linking Science, Technology and Society. Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities, 1986-87. Interactions:8.
Schachterle, Lance E., Ed.; Shanahan, Joan M., Ed.
In 1970, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) radically revised its curriculum by replacing specific course distributions with a new program, emphasizing projects at various levels. In instituting this change, faculty were especially concerned to encourage engineering, science, and management students to recognize how their professional work affects society at large. Thus the faculty adopted a unique degree requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). The IQP challenges students to define, investigate, and report on a topic of their choice relating science and/or technology to some social need or issue. This document describes the London Project Center at WPI; proceedings from a national science, technology and society competition; abstracts from 368 IQPs; and gives information on how to obtain the papers. In addition to providing abstracts for IQPs finished in 1986-87, this document also features award-winning projects and highlights activities in new project centers and programs. Also provided are abstracts of prize-winning student essays presented at a national competition held in conjunction with the international convention of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Inst., MA.
Note: Proceedings of the National Student Projects Competition in STS (1st), held in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (12th, Worcester, MA, 1986).