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WYTWYG: What you touch is what you get in Materials Science and Technology

Dr Nuria Salan | Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

WYTWYG: What you touch is what you get in Materials Science and Technology

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Materials Science and Technology subjects are included in many engineering degrees curricula. Knowledge and understanding of contents related to materials structures are crucial to ensuring a successful appreciation of subsequent chapters. It could be possible to use day-to-day physical items (pieces of paper, magnetic spheres, plastic chains, etc.) to simulate and visualize some aspects related to structure and behavior of engineering materials, in a "what you touch is what you get" (wytwyg) learning style. By means of these examples in the classroom a conductive and interactive learning environment could be created, being so helpful to improve understanding and contents assimilation pleasantly.