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September 13 - November 05, 2021

STEM League: Ethics of STEM

Online • Online Course AuroraIL  60506 Organized by Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy $25 instant refund on this event with gift card.
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“With great power comes great responsibility” and with each new powerful STEM innovation comes another complex moral question for consideration. As scientists and engineers continue to push the limits on what we’re capable of doing as a species, it becomes all the more important for us to also consider the implications that might come along with the decisions we make in regards to how we use that new advancement. In this 8-week online course, participants will be challenged to try and answer a few of the top quandaries of 21st century STEM: 1) Should humans try to geoengineer (a.k.a. climate engineer) the Earth?, 2) Is it okay to use animals in scientific research?, and 3) Are the potential benefits of conducting gain-of-function research worth the inherent risks that it comes with? Students will study curated resources (readings, videos, and thought-provoking lectures) to help inform them about the science underlying the topic at hand, so they are able to make an informed opinion on the issue. While most of the coursework can be accomplished asynchronously (i.e. according to the student’s own schedule) there will also be opportunities for weekly discussions/debates with fellow classmates and the instructor from IMSA’s Center for Teaching and Learning. The time commitment is roughly 1.5--3 hours per week and the (optional) synchronous meetings will take place every week on Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm, with open/drop-in office hours on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


September 13 - November 05, 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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