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              Last week, Miss Outlier’s contribution to the cross-disciplinary work theme discussed how she doesn’t believe in the modeling approach to engineering.  Given simulation work is my bread and butter, I felt the need to respond at length to her post.  However, I’ve already discussed many of the issues on my own blog.  I’ve talked about how people who don’t believe in modeling often don’t understand validation, how one needs to understand the limitations of modeling, and also why I find modeling fun.  As I’ve addressed most of the main points, you might think I have nothing left to say. However, I could not let this comment pass: Where is the enjoyment when you spend all the day in front of the computer? No wonder the stereotype is that the programmers running the algorithms are anti-social  – if I spent my whole career interacting…

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A profesor I once knew began a conversation with, “What classes are you taking this semester?” I responded, “I’m taking a class on teaching, a-” “Teaching?! Why are you taking a class on teaching? You don’t need a class to learn how to teach. You just do it.” The irony of this is that this professor was considered one of the worst teachers in the whole department. Chris’ post on a ‘tinkering class’ got me thinking (again) about what is really a good way to educate people.  And despite some of the comments on Reddit, Chris is actually on the right track for some of the more current thinking on approaches to STEM education. So what do you want from someone educated in a STEM field?  Obviously they have to have a certain amount of background knowledge, they need to have problem solving skills, they need to be inquisitive and…

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