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2017 STS Making and Doing Program

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A STS STEM Education Incubator: The Co-Making of Inquiry

Mogul, Nicole, University of Maryland, College Park


David Tomblin, University of Maryland, College Park; Matthew Aruch, University Of Maryland College Park

Because we find it difficult to teach STS to undergraduate STEM majors, we are obsessed with developing experiential, movement-based classroom activities. Our goals are to operationalize STS concepts, dramatize and document knowledge construction, and create environments that privilege what John Schumacher called, “the co-making of inquiry.” Our methods are centered on building student self-awareness about identity formation so they can understand how pre-existing structural constraints often define their place in the STEM world. This helps students see how they can step out of these pre-determined roles and make socially responsible decisions in the future. In this STS Making and Doing session, we will share insights, collect ideas and incubate new activities. This interactive exhibit will convey and document, but most importantly, GENERATE ideas. How it works: Our method is a menu. We display and model sample activities/artifacts that we have developed for our classes. We will record conference attendee ideas and give them a structure for working (with us, in pairs, or in small groups) to either develop new activities, or to articulate ideas they may have been afraid to try. Attendees can customize their experience by choosing from concepts and/or activity type, or they may choose to be assigned these randomly. This method will facilitate interaction between or among attendees for very quick bursts of creative work and expression. Our ambition is to inspire, challenge and record for the purpose of sharing activities that may be replicated and improved.

Browse 2017 Projects

Alac: STS Olfactorium

Battles: The Trial Balloon: buoyancy, embodied media, and patchy planetarity

Callahan: Rethinking Citizen Science through doing Citizen Science

Cardoso Llach: Tracing Design Ecologies

Clement: Snowden Surveillance Archive

Cohen: Toward Improving Public Policy for Struct Engrg Design of Bridge, Transport & Marine Infrastructure

Durnova: Politicizing the scientific self through media interventions

Erickson-Davis: What it is to see: a simulation of artificial vision

Gluzman: Feminist Theory Theater

Gomez-Marquez: Construction Sets for DIY Medical Technologies and their Black Box Counterparts

Hidalgo: Collaborative Research Toolkit: a copyleft resource for the co-design of research processes

Hoagland: Getting a Sense of the Place: Navigating FemTechNet’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Workbook

Houston: Collaborative urban sensing with the “Dustbox” air quality monitor

Howell: Emotional Interpretation & Materiality of Biosensing

Johnson: Engineering Comes Home: Co-designing local infrastructure with residents of a London housing estate

Kennedy: Doing STS at the science/policy intersection

Knopes: Integrating STS into Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs

Lachney: Generative STEM: Circulating Unalienated Value in Education, Labor and Environment

Lawson: (T)racing Eyes and Hearts:  An Installation to Explore the Physiology of Empathy

Lehr: Undergraduate STSers Learn by Doing in the Trump Era

Lippman: Making Sensible in 360°

Michails: AirTRACS: Community-based Air Quality Monitoring

Mogul: A STS STEM Education Incubator: The Co-Making of Inquiry

Mohsin: QEERI’s Science Majlis

Murphy: Environmental Data and Governance Initiative: Engaged STS Responding to the U.S.Administration

Nafus: Data Sense

Navarro: Our Driverless Futures: Speculating Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars

Nieusma: STS Design and Innovation: Disciplinary Discomfiture

Onaga: Biomaterial Matters: Fitting Humans into Cocoons, A Speculative Prototype

Ostman: STS approaches to public engagement with science: Synthetic biology

Ostrowski: The Empirical Printing Program

Perez Comisso: Technological theory for all: Teaching experiments on STS in Chile

Rosado Murillo: Pedal Transcriba, an Ethnographic Device of (and for) Qualitative Research

Shapiro: Detoxifying the environment across temporalities

Steensen: Face-off! Platform versus Self: A photobooth experiment

Stern: Zika and Feminist STS: Building a Network, Doing Collective Scholarship

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces: The New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC)

Terrell: The making of an undergraduate Sociotechnical Ethics Society

Wentworth: Handholds: making sense of bodies through slaughter

Wong: Design Workbook Variations: Exploring Biosensing Privacy Futures

Wylie: Making and Doing STS with Undergraduate Engineers: The UVA Approach