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  • NEET pilot initiative centers around interdisciplinary projects to prepare students for the practice of engineering.

    Rose Wang loves to work on projects — especially ones that exceed the bounds of her declared majors, economics and computer science. She thrives on do-it-yourself design solutions. Her latest involves making an aerodynamic drone. “We’ll see how that goes,” she says.

  • Faculty and students share their perspectives on the value of undergraduate research at “Pushing Boundaries” event.

    Question: What does building a 15th-century printing press have in common with using DNA to encode genetic memory in a cell?                                    

  • New MakerLodge program ushers freshmen into the making community.

    A sign above the door says it all: MakerLodge. Here MIT students build things: a four-legged robot, a zoetrope, a gumball machine, an alpha particle spark detector. In fact, a group of them helped build the makerspace itself this summer.

    MIT’s "Maker Czar" Martin Culpepper says the students, known as MakerLodge mentors, are at the core of any successful makerspace. The key, adds Culpepper, is for safety-minded and skilled students to help build not just the space, but a community.

  • Awards honor faculty and instructors who have effectively leveraged digital technology to improve teaching and learning at MIT.

    This year marks the launch of the MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Awards. Co-sponsored by the Office of Digital Learning (ODL), the Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE), the student-nominated awards recognize faculty and instructors who have effectively leveraged digital technology to improve teaching and learning at MIT. The winners are:

  • Two new programs, MakerBucks and MakerLodge, for MIT freshman will provide training, funds, and community for makers.

    The maker movement is on the rise.

    From electronics to robotics, metalworking to woodworking, jewelry making to composting, popular fascination with the maker culture is quickly spreading and inspiring a new crop of do-it-yourselfers.

  • Editor’s Note: As of February 2, the Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC) officially became a part of UAAP. Formerly under the auspices of IS&T, ATIC (pronounced like “attic") provides assistive technology services as well as consultations on web accessibility and usability. For DUE staff who are not familiar with the center, ATIC's Kathy Cahill describes the services they offer and how they collaborate with other MIT offices and programs. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the center and extend a warm welcome to the ATIC staff!

  • For the fourth year in a row, one of the main events during MIT Class of 2019 Orientation featured current students sharing their own personal challenges at MIT, and the lessons they have learned. The panel, called “By Students, For Students,” was introduced by Chancellor Barnhart, who also described her new initiative, MindHandHeart. Both the panel and the Chancellor’s initiative seek to encourage students to ask for help when they need it, in order to build a healthier and stronger community.

  • MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems.

  • This past spring, Experimental Study Group staff members Dave Custer and Graham Ramsay launched a new subject, ES.333, “Production of Educational Videos: Skills for Communicating Academic and Professional Content.”  As the title suggests, this subject taught students the fundamentals of video production, with a primary focus on educational content targeted for specific populations.  The intention of the subject is to give students agency over the skills needed to create compelling video content that can serve them broadly throughout their academic careers.

  • D-Lab is often best known for its cornerstone course, D-Lab Development, taught for over a decade by D-Lab founder Amy Smith and Bish Sanyal, Professor of Urban Development and Planning. In fact, ask an MIT student if they have experience with D-Lab and you often get the answer, "Yeah, I took D-Lab."

    What seems to be less widely known is that after 12 years, D-Lab has developed a couple of additional courses,19 courses in total, to be exact. Though not every course is taught every year, about a dozen different courses are.

    Student projects from five of those courses were presented on May 9 at the 2014 D-Lab Spring Student Showcase. It was standing room only in D-Lab's "hands-on" classroom on the third floor of E-51 with over 150 in attendance to hear about projects from five D-Lab classes, an independent study, and our current group of D-Lab Biomass Fuel undergraduate researchers...