Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution
Spring 2000

Technology -- a means to an end, not an end in itself...

This Honors colloquium introduces first-year students to some of the science behind high technology. Designed to promote scientific and computer literacy and awareness, it gives students an opportunity to leverage their interests in everyday devices and high-tech objects into a study of fundamental science concepts. Live demonstrations, in-class group explorations of technology applications, and daily work with the Internet are essential elements of this course. A key feature of the writing-intensive work for this colloquium will be the students' setup and development of a personal website. Working in small groups, students will also be creating websites devoted to a science and technology topic.

This year's colloquium has also been designed as a pilot Pathways Course during the discussion of General Education Reform at the University of Delaware. Much of the learning this semester will be done with problem-based learning.

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