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Designing a "Lab-on-a-Ship": The Floating Physics of Fluid Dynamics


A presentation from the 2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia


We are applying U Stanford's “Design Thinking” approach to convert a 200 ft ship into a swimming science lab. The ship combines a research center for large river ecosystems with a training facility for teacher trainees, and a bionic lab where classes can study the impact of fluid dynamics on marine ecology, geography, and the design of ships and airplanes. Design Thinking applies on several levels. We declared the design process of the Science Lab a part of our “Future Strategy for Teacher Training”. Space on a ship is always a precious resource, as is the time of the classes visiting the lab. Using the “Fail early, fail often” principle, teacher education students work closely with students of neighboring schools to develop, test and evaluate various prototypes. Thus, they combine theory and research to untangle all the problems and constrains, and to provide an rich, interesting and meaningful environment for students.


++ CLabs feature video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rebSfMbC2M ++ Future Strategy for Teacher Training: http://zus.uni-koeln.de/21122.html ++ Design Thinking resources: http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/


Andre Bresges,

Florian Genz,

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2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia

05:20 PM

Lab Guidelines Focus Area 4: Communication