Magazine article ASEE Prism

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Magazine article ASEE Prism

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Movies and Statics

Words cannot express how glad I was when I received the September issue of Prism and it had on the cover "Lights, Camera, Engineering." For the past two years in my Engineering Mechanics (Statics) class, I have given an extra-credit segment called Screen Engineering, in which students analyze excerpts and clips of movies using the concepts learned from Statics. Students' interest in Statics grew, and the ones who participated performed really well in the class because they understood the practical application of the concepts and also enjoyed the process of analyzing movies.

Screen Engineering sparked an interest not only in my Statics class but in engineering as a whole. Students who participated in Screen Engineering have formed a club called Big Screen Engineering, which I serve as adviser, bridging the gap between concept application and engineering in a very educational and entertaining way. …

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