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The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability, Spring 2008
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The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in ...

The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in particular the emergence and development of mathematical probability. But it is neither meant to be a history of the exact sciences per se nor an annex to, say, the Course 6 curriculum in probability and statistics. Rather, our objective is to focus on the formal, thematic, and rhetorical features that imaginative literature shares with texts in the history of probability. These shared issues include (but are not limited to): the attempt to quantify or otherwise explain the presence of chance, risk, and contingency in everyday life; the deduction of causes for phenomena that are knowable only in their effects; and, above all, the question of what it means to think and act rationally in an uncertain world. Our course therefore aims to broaden students’ appreciation for and understanding of how literature interacts with--both reflecting upon and contributing to--the scientific understanding of the world. We are just as centrally committed to encouraging students to regard imaginative literature as a unique contribution to knowledge in its own right, and to see literary works of art as objects that demand and richly repay close critical analysis. It is our hope that the course will serve students well if they elect to pursue further work in Literature or other discipline in SHASS, and also enrich or complement their understanding of probability and statistics in other scientific and engineering subjects they elect to take.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Statistics and Probability
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Noel
Kibel, Alvin
Raman, Shankar
Biomedical Devices for the Eyes
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Students examine the structure and function of the human eye, learning some ...

Students examine the structure and function of the human eye, learning some amazing features about our eyes, which provide us with sight and an understanding of our surroundings. Students also learn about some common eye problems and the biomedical devices and medical procedures that resolve or help to lessen the effects of these vision deficiencies, including vision correction surgery.

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Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Lesley Herrmann
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Brain is a Computer
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Students learn about the similarities between the human brain and its engineering ...

Students learn about the similarities between the human brain and its engineering counterpart, the computer. Since students work with computers routinely, this comparison strengthens their understanding of both how the brain works and how it parallels that of a computer. Students are also introduced to the "stimulus-sensor-coordinator-effector-response" framework for understanding human and robot actions.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Sachin Nair, Charlie Franklin, Satish Nair
Bug Hats
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In this activity, learners use their imaginations and experiment with different materials ...

In this activity, learners use their imaginations and experiment with different materials to create bug hats. Use the suggested open-ended questions to encourage learners to talk about what they know about bugs as well as to compare humans and insects. Learners will also discover that insects use antennae to touch, taste, and smell!

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Commanding a Robot Using Sound
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Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, ...

Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, focusing on the auditory sense. Working in small groups, students design, create and run programs to control the motion of LEGO® TaskBots. By doing this, they increase their understanding of the use and function of sound sensors, gain experience writing robot programs, and reinforce their understanding of the sensory process.

Subject:
Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Sachin Nair, Kalyani Upendram, Satish Nair
Creating a Father Serra speech
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Students view photos of Father Serra and his living quarters at Mission ...

Students view photos of Father Serra and his living quarters at Mission Carmel and use their senses to create a speech. Prior knowledge about Father Serra is required - text book, websites, articles, etc.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Will & Company
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Individual Authors
Author:
Sam Robinson
Culture, Embodiment and the Senses, Fall 2005
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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis ...

Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory experience. The subject will address western philosophical debates about mind, brain, emotion, and the body and the historical value placed upon sight, reason, and rationality, versus smell, taste, and touch as acceptable modes of knowing and knowledge production. We will assess cultural traditions that challenge scientific interpretations of experience arising from western philosophical and physiological models. The class will examine how sensory experience lies beyond the realm of individual physiological or psychological responses and occurs within a culturally elaborated field of social relations. Finally, we will debate how discourse about the senses is a product of particular modes of knowledge production that are themselves contested fields of power relations.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
James, Erica
Double Dutch
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This resource helps guide an experiment finding out if hearing or seeing ...

This resource helps guide an experiment finding out if hearing or seeing the ropes in double dutch have a bigger effect on performance, or whether both senses equally important.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Student Guide
Provider:
Twin Cities Public Television
Provider Set:
DragonflyTV
Author:
DragonflyTV
Early Childhood Activity: Evergreens in Winter
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Evergreen green offer a sensory overload! Through these experiences, children will touch, ...

Evergreen green offer a sensory overload! Through these experiences, children will touch, smell, see, hear and taste the season of winter. Consider trying these experiences year-round in areas with or without snow.

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Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
American Forest Foundation
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Project Learning Tree
Elementary GLOBE: Cloud Fun
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" ...

A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Each student will be given the opportunity to create their own cumulus cloud out of white paper and mount it on blue paper. Students will also complete the Cloud Fun Student Activity Sheet that includes a description of the cloud and what the weather was like on the day the cloud was observed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify cumulus clouds and observe the weather conditions on days that they see cumulus clouds. Students will learn about a cumulus cloud's shape and appearance, how to verbally describe cumulus clouds, and what the weather is generally like when these clouds appear in the sky.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
Textbooks
Provider:
NASA
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
NOAA
The GLOBE Program
Envirolopes
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In this outdoor activity and observation game, learners hunt for a variety ...

In this outdoor activity and observation game, learners hunt for a variety of textures, colors, odors and evidence of organisms in the activity site. The activity can be done with same age or mixed age groups in almost any outdoor setting-- along a trail, around a school or science center, at a camp, or on a family outing. By using their senses of sight and touch, and possibly other senses (depending on the challenges presented), learners become more aware of diversity in nature.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Explore Like a Scientist: Fruity Observations
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In this activity, learners use their senses to collect information about a ...

In this activity, learners use their senses to collect information about a fruit and record their findings in a Science Journal. Learners use science words to describe the fruit, ask or write questions about the fruit, and make drawings and take measurements of the fruit. At the end, the fruits are mixed together and learners must be able to find their own fruit in a pile of other similar fruits. This activity is written as an assessment but can be used individually. A scoring rubric is included. This activity is featured on pp.15-16 of the "ScienceWorks" K-2 unit of study.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Mary Fortney
Rick Crosslin
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Exploring Size - Scented Balloons
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In this activity, learners use their sense of smell to explore the ...

In this activity, learners use their sense of smell to explore the world on the nanoscale. Learners discover that we can smell some things that are too small to see, and that a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. SAFETY: The balloons are latex. In addition to posting the included sign, you may wish to verbally warn learners of possible sensitivities or allergies to latex.

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Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Video Lectures
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Nanoscience Informal Science Education
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
NISE Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
National Science Foundation
NISE Network
Sciencenter
Find Your Pack
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This activity introduces learners to wolf behavior and communication. Learners explore how ...

This activity introduces learners to wolf behavior and communication. Learners explore how wolves communicate with each other by using their sense of smell to identify members of their "pack." Activity also includes suggestions for connecting this activity to a discussion of how habitat loss can affect wolf populations.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
eduweb
Minnesota Zoo
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Best Buy Children's Foundation
Eduweb
Minnesota Zoo
National Science Foundation
The ADC Foundation
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Give or Take?
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In this outdoor activity, learners work in pairs using their sensesäóîespecially touchäóîto ...

In this outdoor activity, learners work in pairs using their sensesäóîespecially touchäóîto learn more about individual trees. After reading and discussing Shel Silverstein's storybook "The Giving Tree," learners conduct a field study of different trees. Each learner explores and answers questions about a particular tree's bark, age, smell, roots, leaves, and fruit, and what wildlife is found in or near the tree. In a latter part of the activity, learners wear blindfolds and try to identify their tree without using their sense of sight.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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4-H
National 4-H Council
TOYOTA
Hearing: How Do Our Ears Work?
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Students learn about the anatomy of the ear and how the ears ...

Students learn about the anatomy of the ear and how the ears work as a sound sensor. Ear anatomy parts and structures are explained in detail, as well as how sound is transmitted mechanically and then electrically through them to the brain. Students use LEGO® robots with sound sensors to measure sound intensities, learning how the NXT brick (computer) converts the intensity of sound measured by the sensor input into a number that transmits to a screen. They build on their experiences from the previous activities and establish a rich understanding of the sound sensor and its relationship to the TaskBot's computer.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Marianne Catanho, Sachin Nair, Charlie Franklin, Satish Nair
Horton Senses Something Small
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In this story time program, young learners listen to the Dr. Seuss ...

In this story time program, young learners listen to the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who." Learners use their eyes to look at small things using lenses and use their sense of smell to detect things that are too small to see. Learners also make and decorate an elephant ears craft.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Nanoscience Informal Science Education
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
NISE Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
National Science Foundation
NISE Network
Sciencenter