News articles tagged with "education"

09/04/2014 13:21:49
Kathy Svitil
Caltech and JPL are offering an unusual take on the massive open online course (MOOC) model: a two-week-long "virtual summer school" class, providing advanced instruction by experts at Caltech and JPL on the computational skills and methods used in the analysis of complex data sets—that is, of "big data."
MOOCs Infographic
12/10/2010 16:00:00
Dave Zobel

Ken Pickar's class, "Product Design for the Developing World," challenges Caltech students to solve some basic problems of the world's poor. The catch: in ten weeks, they must turn rough concepts into workable designs, including financial and market assessments. On December 7, this year's students presented their results. Their visual aids included a typically Caltech-like hodgepodge of pipes, motors, and fans—but as Pickar reminded the audience, "Prototypes aren't supposed to be elegant. They're supposed to be crude and quick."

08/06/2010 07:00:00
Barbara DiPalma

Caltech undergrads all take the same core curriculum—which includes five courses each of physics and math, among other daunting requirements—no matter what field they'll later specialize in. Thanks to the Innovation in Education Fund, lively new alternatives to traditional introductory classes are being added to the course offerings, and advanced courses with up-to-the-moment topics are being designed as well.

12/16/2009 08:00:00
Heidi Aspaturian

How would Jehoshua “Shuki” Bruck sum up his success as a teacher in just three words? “I love ignorance,” declares the exuberant winner of Caltech’s 2008 Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

08/04/2009 07:00:00
Jon Weiner

Caltech alumnus Shang-Li “S.L.” Huang and his wife have pledged $1 million to Caltech to endow the Shang-Li and Betty Huang Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund in Mechanical Engineering.

08/07/2008 07:00:00
Jacqueline Scahill
The California Institute of Technology recently announced new awardees for three long-standing programs aimed at increasing diversity in science, engineering, and technology fields. The programs include the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF); MURF, a summer fellowship for undergraduates around the country to conduct research at Caltech; and the Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS). Caltech recently selected the awardees for each of these programs.
 
06/06/2008 07:00:00
elisabeth nadin
Zhen-Gang Wang favors the tried-and-true chalkboard for his classroom lectures on thermodynamics and polymer physics. The clarity of these lessons and the admiration of his students have won him this year's Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the California Institute of Technology.
 
01/29/2008 08:00:00
elisabeth nadin
Did you know that it takes about the energy found in 1.4 liters of gasoline to make a cheese pizza? The energy cost of producing food is one focus the California Institute of Technology will take as it participates in a nationwide effort to engage schools in global-warming solutions.
 
10/30/2007 07:00:00
Jacqueline Scahill
It all started last fall, in a classroom at Caltech. A team of students in Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ken Pickar's course, Product Design for the Developing World, decided to create wheelchairs for people in developing countries that could tackle the rugged terrain. With two bicycles and three creative brains contributing, the project took off.
 
07/12/2007 07:00:00
Deborah Williams-Hedges
This summer 30 of the brightest high school students in the country are attending the California Institute of Technology's Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) program. The program brings together some of the most talented students who have a passion for science and engineering and exposes them to scientific research and methodology.
 
04/24/2007 07:00:00
John Avery
Holding a vibrating tuning fork close to the lip of a PVC pipe, high school student Kelsey Peterson bends close, suddenly saying, "I hear it!" She is trying to find the speed of sound indirectly, using her own measurements and a chain of logic she must forge for herself. She has learned that, as in a pipe organ, the cavity of her PVC pipe is an acoustic resonator, and the change in volume she hears tells her that it has reached the right length to resonate at the tuning fork's frequency.
 
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