Science Forward Fall 2017

Dr. Edyta Greer, Macaulay Honors College, Fall 2017

Category: Blog Entry 3 (page 1 of 2)

Blog Post #3

Overall, I enjoyed this course very much; I found it to be engaging and interesting, and i would definitely recommend it to others. It was very clear that time and effort were dedicated to running the class (as demonstrated by the fact that a double space nested in my sources was spotted). I think some aspects of the class could be improved upon, however, even if kept as it currently is, I would absolutely retake the course.

For the good:

-The website was laid out in a clean and helpful fashion. I had no issues with it.

-The lab sessions were interesting and very entertaining. I definitely feel like it was necessary to complete at least one expriment within the science-based IDC.

-The 3D printing experience was one of a kind. It was a fascinating learning experience and a great skill to know. If it weren’t for this course, I don’t think I would have ever taken it upon myself to learn or experience 3D printing, so I am very grateful for the opportunity. I certainly will not forget it.

– The presentations were a great aspect of the class. From the PMOPs, to the poster presentations, to the plagiarism presentation, and the history of drugs and healthcare innovations, I was able to absorb a lot of information in an enjoyable and engaging way.

-We were very well prepared for the STEAM festival.

For the bad:

-The BioBlitz Diversity Report felt like a filler assignment that didn’t add to the class or teach anything. It was also quite a pain to complete. I understand that it’s purpose might be to incorporate the BioBlitz, but given the theme of our class, I don’t think it was necessary (unlike many other IDCs throughout Macaulay which use the BioBlitz as the backbone for their course).

-In regards to the poster creation phase, I enjoyed listening to the presentation about scientific posters, however I think it would be tremendously helpful if, in addition, there could be some guidance about creating posters specifically designed for our class and our projects. There was a lot of confusion when it came time putting the posters together (section titles, what should go where, etc.) and I think that could be cleared up with a quick mention and examples of how to structure our poster for the 3D project. This way, I think we would be able to shorten the time dedicated to practicing and critiquing our poster presentations.

-The three science senses were confusing because, as we found, they’re not clearly defined categories as there is plenty of overlap between them. I don’t think it added anything to the course.

-I was pleasantly surprised by the STEAM Festival as I didn’t have very high expectations for it. It was very interesting to listen to the presentations of others and run into other Macaulay students that I hadn’t seen since Macaulay orientation. I was disappointed that there was no longer the competition for best poster (because I think our class would’ve killed it). I know this isn’t related to our class, but I thought the “maker space” portion of the Festival was useless. It seemed like a filler piece geared towards a kindergarten arts and crafts class. It was wasteful.

-My aspirin contained way too much salicylic acid for my taste 🙂

Thank you for a great semester! I feel very fortunate to have been able to take this course with the both of you.

Blog entry 3

Initially I was unsure of how much I would enjoy this class or even get out of it because I am not a science major. That being said I think all the activities or assignments we did this year were very accessible and I actually enjoyed this class very much. I liked that we talked not only about the science side of creating new drugs and healthcare innovations but also the very real and tedious process that has to happen to take an idea or a discovery and turn it into an acceptable and feasible product on the market.

The STEAM festival totally subverted my expectations, andI actually had a lot of fun that day. I am so grateful that our class focused on 3D printing projects because not only was it more fun to create, it was more fun to present. I was constantly presenting and getting positive feedback from students from other schools. When we did our series of in class presentations I did think at the time that we were maybe practicing too much, but our class definitely had the best posters and I was fully prepared to present my group’s project and field questions.

I do think the Bioblitz report was a stand alone assignment, and I think maybe if we were given more guidance on what to look for in the Bioblitz data it would have been more interesting. I also think that after the Bioblitz weekend we should’ve  had an in class discussion on what we did, because I definitely would like to know more of what other groups did.

Overall this class was fun and informative. After working on our 3D printing project I’m definitely taking away skills from this class that I never thought Id have the chance to learn in this lifetime.

Blog Post 3 – Deanna Pisacreta

As someone who does not typically enjoy science courses, I found this class far surpassed my expectations. Dr. Greer presented the science in a way that it was accessible for the science impaired such as myself. The labs were a great learning experience, while also being somewhat simplistic in nature and fun.

I loved the 3D printing aspect of the course, and found that it was technology Baruch has that I otherwise would not have taken advantage of. I found that the 3D printing also put us a step above the other posters presented at the STEAM Festival. The other posters were very research and data heavy, but our classes were far more creative and innovative. I loved that we were able to show our own ideas at the festival, rather than simply presenting research conducted by other scientists.

Overall, I enjoyed this course far more than I ever expected to, and I am so grateful I chose to take Dr. Greer this semester!

Blog Entry 3

As a student coming from a science focused high school, I thought this semester’s seminar class would be relatively similar to the science courses offered there. My expectations were to learn about specific scientific discoveries, experiments, and thinking that impacted New York City. I expected to learn about a lot of scientific theory and discoveries from a textbook, but it was much more than that. This Macaulay seminar was extremely hands-on which I really appreciated. My favorite part was learning how to use a 3D printer. With today’s constant evolving technology, learning how to do 3D design and actually doing it was extremely educational for me. I also loved the biodiversity research project. It was amazing to see an entire school come together to collect data that we would all use to present. Science is also ten times more interesting and engaging when your hands get dirty to actually make, test, or discover things and that is exactly what we did. It was difficult, however, trying to find trend in the data to talk about. Though it was challenging, it was also extremely ambiguous which I really appreciated. I also really appreciated the mini lab demonstrations by Dr. Greer to show how magical science can be!

The Last Post

When I first found out that this semester’s IDC was entitled “Science Forward: Healthcare Innovations” I really did not know what to expect, which in a way was a good thing. It definitely sounded more interesting and applicable to life than the usual basic science courses that I take. Looking retrospectively, I learned way more than I anticipated. This class built a foundation on the fundamentals of healthcare innovations and the legal action taken to launch it, designing as well as 3D printing. All these skills are a good edge to the scientific knowledge that I take away from other courses. The set up of the class was interesting and the topics varied which kept us engaged. I thoroughly enjoyed the 3D posters, although I would say that the process of presenting it multiple times could have been a bit shortened. The presentations that we did in this class built public speaking confidence. Overall, I believe this course was very well rounded and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for all your wisdom and for this great semester!

Blog Entry 3 (David Mashkevich)

Going into the course at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I had previously taken only introductory science courses, and only in high school. I have to say that starting the year off with BioBlitz was not what I expected. Even though the event was put together well and I enjoyed interacting with students from other CUNY colleges, I thought that the data collected was pretty straightforward and would have preferred to see a more in-depth study of a certain organism or species. Perhaps with that, other groups would have been able to present their findings at a follow-up Macaulay event.

However, the STEAM festival was quite the opposite. I think the chance to be creative within science was well taken by the class and we presented some of the best work at the festival. The event and presentation seems fitting because science has become increasingly innovative, which is driven by creativity. Such an opportunity is therefore valuable, because it can help students realize their potential for careers within science. I also thought the course made great use of the 3D printing available at Baruch, as this made our projects very practical and real, as compared to other classes that may have put together numerical analyses.

Lastly, I thought that the use of ePortfolios was well integrated into the course and made submitting assignments simple and straightforward throughout the semester. Knowing all of the assignment deadlines made it easy for me to plan out my work ahead of time, to prevent from falling behind. This became especially important when we had several parallel projects to work on – I think it really helped ensure that we completed all of the work that was required for the course. Thank you again for a great semester everyone!



Blog Post 3

I enjoyed the STEAM Fest it was really fun and interesting seeing other students projects and interacting with students from other Macaulay campuses as well as younger classes. Furthermore, showcasing our own projects also had it’s own merits in speaking about the things we did throughout the semester and the work we put in to get our finished products. BioBlitz itself was very fun for me, the data and information not so much, I didn’t quite understand it myself and would have liked if we went over it in more depth in the class. I didn’t feel like the science senses were a good framework for the course because we didn’t really use them all that much, it was just an idea we had that we would throw in here and there and show how it applied. I enjoyed the 3D printing experience, that was a really fun part of the course and I loved how it was incorporated. The website was mostly used to submit assignments, the tutorials were also helpful from time to time, a reminder that assignments are due would be nice like a timer, because I tend to not check the website very often. Overall, I enjoyed the course I just wish we had more time for Dr. Greer’s science experiments those were my favorite parts of the course.

Blog Post 3

Coming into this Seminar, I actually had really high hopes and expectations for a fun class. To me personally, both of the first two seminars were interesting but both had failed to strike a chord with me. As a student who lives and breathes STEM, my favorite part of the course was finally taking a class completely dedicated to it, taught by an amazing expert in their own field. Finding out that our professor would be a Professor of Organic Chemistry and that our ITF had a PhD of his own was intimidating from the start, however as the course progressed I realized that neither the lectures, projects, or Professors where what I had initially thought.

In terms of the material of the class, I thoroughly enjoyed every lecture and lab Dr. Greer led us through. I can honestly say she is the only science teacher I’ve ever had that made what we learned in the classroom real and applicable to the world outside of school. The production of our own medical devices/advancements just built on this for me as creating something with a 3D printer is something I’ve always wanted to do. The one thing I wish was different about that however was just how much class time we actually dedicated to that project and its presentation. The creation process, as well as the STEAM festival, were all fun informative events, and it was amazing looking around and seeing some of the best projects of the event belonging to my own classmates, but it left me wanting more fun science lessons led by Dr. Greer from within the classroom.

Regardless, I enjoyed amazing experiences thanks to Dr. Greer and Jake and every one of my classmates. Thank you all for an amazing semester!

Final Reflection

Going into this course I did not have many expectations. My favorite part of the course was all the random science facts that Dr. Greer taught us. I think in a traditional sense you aren’t taught much of the exciting parts of science, however I think that Dr. Greer did the opposite. My favorite parts of the course were the PMOOP presentations, as I loved learning of the different natural remedies used in medicine, and also the two labs we did which highlighted how easy it is to make things at home. This captures the true essence of science, where we all consider ourselves to be scientists. My least favorite part of the course was BioBlitz. The actual outing was a fun experience, however, I feel as though it was irrelevant in our course which focused on healthcare. We received too much data from the outing and it was unorganized and hard to understand. However, I would prefer this outing be irrelevant than to focus on it for our final projects as other classes did, seeing as how our projects were substantially more interesting. Also, I loved working with the Makerhub and it was overall a positive working experience. Sharing our work at the STEAM festival was rewarding and I found it to be very easy to summarize after having done it multiple times in the classroom.

Blog Entry # 3

After taking two other IDC courses, I realized that I can’t go into my future seminars with any kind of expectation. Usually the seminars have broad titles and not such a rigid mandated structure/syllabus. This leaves a lot of room for the professor to decide in which direction he/she wants to teach the class. In retrospect, I think not having any expectations coming into the class was the best thing for me.

Coming into the class I didn’t have much of a science background from high school. I was honestly a little worried that I would be at some sort of disadvantage or fall behind the remainder of the semester. After the first few classes, I realized that was not going to be the case. Any topic that was covered in class was usually given a huge introduction beforehand so that the class could fully understand what was going on, regardless of anyone’s individual abilities. I also really liked the fact that a big part of every class was taking time to get our feedback. I think that led to me being more engaged and feeling that the material being covered was something that I had a part in.

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