Assignment Library Tag: STEM

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“SEES” the Problem: A Critical Thinking Strategy for Solving Word Problems in Math

Description The “SEES” strategy is a step-by-step methodology that is intended to help undergraduate math students solve real-world application problems. Real-world application problems in math, often called word problems, generally prove to be difficult for undergraduate students, requiring practice in a specific set of problem-solving skills. The implementation of the “SEES” strategy which is outlined… Read more »

Introductory Reasoning and Problem Solving in Mathematics

Description This assignment covers material on reasoning and problem solving as presented to students in an introductory level, general education mathematics course for non-STEM majors. Most of their math education up to this point has been focused on producing the correct answer, usually by performing a computation. To set a different tone and expectation, this… Read more »

Assessing Written Communication, Information Literacy and Oral Communication in a Senior Mathematics and Computer Science Capstone

Description In this two-part assignment, students are asked to prepare an oral presentation and write a paper that integrates their knowledge from their course of study in computer science, computer information systems or mathematics. The basis for these talks and papers is generally the student’s experience working on a year-long research project, a service learning… Read more »

Beautiful Biological Questions

Description This is a series of assignments designed to help students in a biology course for non-majors answer beautiful biological questions (BBQ). Students move through a series of these questions in order to construct an answer to the Big BBQ, How do you distinguish science from pseudoscience? Included are individual and team process assignments through… Read more »

Creative Oral Presentation in Introductory Statistics

Description This assignment is designed for an introductory statistics course at the end of the semester. Students are assigned to groups to review and prepare a presentation on key learning outcomes (concepts) in the course, including dependent t, independent t, correlation, regression, and ANOVA. The review/presentation can take the form of rap, comedy, Broadway musical,… Read more »