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Materials science for designing engineers, the evolution from abstract science to life time skills

Assoc Prof Frederic Veer | Delft University of Technology

Materials science for designing engineers, the evolution from abstract science to life time skills

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In the decade that the international materials education symposia have been running many innovations in teaching have been presented. This include such things as introducing YouTube media into lectures, using software aids, and increasing the self-study component. The last two symposia considerable time has been spent on what should be in the material science book and what should be taught to students in different disciplines. In 2018 the faculty of architecture of Delft University of Technology has decided to change the language of its technical curriculum in the Bachelor program from Dutch to English with a complete change to English planned for 2021. The master programs switched to English already 6 years ago. Although this creates a lot of work, it also creates opportunities to integrate the results of the last decade of materials education symposia into new course material. The course material is designed:

- to integrate with the structural mechanics and structural design courses.
- use publicly available quality material (Wikipedia) to provide depth where necessary.
- for self-study with a minimum of lectures.
- integrate videos and other media into the course by using QR codes so the smartphone is an extension of the book.
- integrate with the CES EduPack software.
- uses web based software to allow students to check their understanding.

Although this is a work in progress, the results so far will be described and the design choices made discussed.