STEAM - Without the Hot Air

Date Monday 2 July 2018
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Presenter Professor Mark Dyer
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Admission Cost Free

Society looks to engineers to design and build all kinds of things that support daily life – from the basic provision of shelter, water and safety, to the entire urban infrastructure that keeps society moving. Yet as Dean of Engineering at the University of Waikato, Professor Mark Dyer says engineering education rarely equips people to see engineering in those broad terms. With the advent of the digital age, the redesign of education for engineers becomes even more important. We need to educate engineers to be coders, gamers and thinkers, not passive learners.

At his Tauranga Public Lecture on 2 July, Professor Dyer will explore the changing face of engineering education and his own career that has seen him promote creativity and innovation alongside the traditional technical engineering disciplines.

He will challenge the fashionable concept of STEAM, which injects art into the sciences and technology in the hope of generating creativity. Instead, he advocates the need for a more holistic framework for engineering that encompasses design, craft, physical sciences and human sciences.

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