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New undergraduate course encourages creativity in science

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Taylor Kubota
Feb 6 2018

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Faculty, Students

Rather than having students learn and memorize established knowledge, professors Steven Block and Tim Stearns created a course to teach students how to think like scientists and pursue new answers.  Bio 61, Science as a Creative Process, was designed to give students “the freedom to think broadly about what science can really do,” said Stearns. Supporting this mission, the three main assignments were open-ended and interdisciplinary, fostering skills in computer coding, engineering, chemistry, physics, statistics and critical thinking. In lectures, after covering the tools and methodologies of science, the instructors offered historic examples of creativity in science and asked the students to brainstorm hypothetical experiments of their own.