Integrating global warming into a freshman engineering introductory course

Blair Rowley, Kumar Yelamarthi, Thomas Bazzoli

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Managing the problems that global warming is being forecast to cause is going to require the educated attention of many disciplines. One of these has to be engineering as engineers are trained in the practical application of science and technology to meet human needs. What is being presented here is how we have restructured part of our course to provide lecture content and laboratory experiences on global warming. We are fortunate to have a course that provides the framework to accomplish this, our freshman course EGR 190 Fundamentals of Engineering and Computer Science (FECS). This course has been modified to include pre and post global warming perception surveys, an introduction to global warming using the video "An Inconvenient Truth", mini lectures on alternative energy and two lectures and labs involving solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells as energy sources and a writing across the curriculum assignment on global warming. The paper includes the revised structure of the lectures and labs, how the video is integrated, and the response of the students through their writing across the curriculum assignment. Details on the pre and post perception survey has been submitted as a separate paper.

Original languageEnglish
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Pittsburg, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2008Jun 24 2008


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