One of our Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) partners on our making initiative from George Fox University named Chris Sharp asked all faculty participating in his workshop on 2/4/2021 to ask students to participate in this activity. Their university is now holding an ArtDuino Make-A-Thon that we hope to duplicate here post-COVID. Consider the Honors Making Activity
as step 1 and this activity as step 2 toward holding our own ArtDuino Make-A-Thon. That being said, there is no prerequisite content for this activity.
The following is an announcement from Prof. Chris Sharp of George Fox University (in Oregon), and I visited there in 2019 as part of the grant that led to this activity. He is chairing the session along with Profs. Heather Dillon and Daniel Castaneda, both of whom I also correspond. On 2/2/2021, as I write this, I asked him to put together a common discussion forum for the students to put their content, in addition to the social media platforms listed below.
As an example of the kind of activity I am wanting to see in another new Honors Activity entitled "Entrepreneurially Minded Community Builder for a New Honors Maker Minor Program
", I want you to view the YouTube video from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Star Trek Voyager has several episodes in which Captain Janeway interacts with a holographic Leonardo DaVinci in which they discuss aspects of flight.
Leonardo is in the Star Trek universe and is asked to consider a change in mindset starting at 2:40 into the video.
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Hello Leonardo DaVinci 2.0 workshop participants!
We hope your year has started off well, and we are excited to see you all at the KEEN National Conference in only a few short weeks! The goal of our workshop is to demonstrate the benefit of incorporating an artistic lens into engineering education with Leonardo DaVinci as our inspiration. In anticipation, we would like you to ponder what Leonardo Da Vinci might say of art and engineering in our modern times. And we encourage you to incorporate your students into that pondering, as well!
We invite you to ask your students to write a postcard addressed to Leonardo Da Vinci, sharing with him a story of how they have connected art and engineering using concepts from your class. Or to share a personal creation that blends art and engineering. Or even just to share an observation of where engineering and art can both be seen or experienced. Feel free to share with them the attached PDF of four postcards - or creatively invent their own postcard image!
Ask your students to share these postcards with the hashtags #eng_art #KNC2021 on a social media platform. We’ll collate what we find on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, etc., and share the results with everyone at the session!
Chris on behalf of Daniel Castaneda, Heather Dillon, & Leonardo
Chris Sharp, PhD
Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering) | George Fox University
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Unlike my other Honors Program Activities, this one will not get you an "H" for an Honors Option in one of my courses. While this is fun, it is not involved enough to earn an "H".