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Guests and ISLL members exploring plant pigments, ISE, Room 112 (on left).
Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories in the Harker
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Building has programs
that focus on a student-centered approach to learning. We believe that
when students engage in active learning in class as well as in the lab
by designing experiments, collecting, analyzing, interpreting and
presenting their own data, they learn at a deeper level and become
better prepared to be successful in the 21st century workplace.
showcase our philosophy in education, the Interdisciplinary Science
Learning Laboratories (ISLL) opened our doors to over 100 guests for
UD’s Annual Parent’s Weekend on Saturday October 8th, 2016. Among the
guests were current and potential ISLL students and their parents;
coming to view the technology, space, and educational tools ISLL has to
offer. Several ISLL Faculty, Preceptors, and other staff members were
present to answer questions and guide families through the different
interactive activities showcasing student work and experiments performed
in several of our offered classes. Parents who visited ISLL during this
event had a glimpse at and an opportunity to engage in the interactive
activities their sons and daughters are participating in as students in
ISLL’s introductory integrated Biology and Chemistry courses
(iBISC207/CHEM107, iBISC208/CHEM108) and integrated Physical Science and
Astronomy for non-Science majors (SCEN101).
in the Problem-based Learning room, ISE 110, were posters from
experimental work performed in the lab by past and current students. The
poster research topics included: Plant Pigments: Extraction and
Analysis, Water Quality, Role of pH in Enzyme Activity, among others.
Professors Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, Gary Laverty, Seung Hong, Mark
Baillie and Jackie Fajardo were present at the event to welcome students
and their parents as well as to answer questions regarding our
student-centered teaching philosophy and the different exhibits.
Room 112 showcased plant pigments through microscopy and light
spectroscopy, a lab conducted by introductory Science and other STEM
major students in iBISC207/CHEM107. Students identified plant pigments
and related the different absorbance profiles to their function in plant
cells. Results from experiments were on exhibit and presented by
Preceptor Seth Hunt.
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UD family investigating the iBISC208/CHEM108 water quality experiments, ISE, Room 107.
The second iteration of the integrated Biology and Chemistry course
(iBISC208/CHEM108), required by most introductory Science and other STEM
majors, showcased student’s work in ISE, Room 107. In a two-week
project, students analyzed the water quality of streams surrounding the
University of Delaware. The nearby streams selected for this project
were: Bogy Run on North campus, a tributary crossing the James F. Hall
Trail on East campus, and the UD Farm tributary on South campus. One of
the experiments focused on different aquatic microorganisms under the
microscope to help students identify ecological diversity, and therefore
health of the water system. Results from the student’s experiments were
on exhibit and presented by Preceptor Anne Terrell.
Dr. Oriade and guests connecting physical science to real-life, ISE, Room 112.
Dr. Adebanjo Oriade, who teaches the integrated Physical Science and
Astronomy for non-Science majors (SCEN101), had several interactive
stations in ISE, Room 112 to exemplify how his students learn important
physics concepts. Using everyday objects such as coffee filters and
straws guests were able to learn about terminal velocity and atmospheric
pressure, accordingly. Parents, students, and other guests also had the
chance to investigate how force varies with time by first sketching a
prediction of the graph, and then walking on a force plate. Finally,
guests compared their predictions to the acquired data, and discussions
followed in which they connected the experience to designing shoes. The
last interactive station focused on conservation of momentum producing
different collisions by using Vernier carts and tracks.