Module 1: Problem Solving: STEM Breakthroughs to Global Challenges

Module Learning Objectives

  • Introduce foundational concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to provide students with a common understanding of the core principles.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration among students from various STEM disciplines to cultivate holistic problem-solving approaches.
  • Examine and analyze major global challenges, identifying their complexities and understanding the urgency of finding sustainable solutions.
  • Explore and identify connections between different STEM disciplines and how their integration can lead to innovative solutions for global challenges.
  • Showcase case studies and success stories of STEM breakthroughs, illustrating their impact on global challenges and inspiring students to think creatively.
  • Develop the ability to critically evaluate the ethical, social, and environmental implications of STEM breakthroughs in the context of global challenges.

Course Module Description

This module serves as an introduction to the dynamic and evolving landscape of STEM, with a specific focus on the pivotal role STEM disciplines play in addressing global challenges. Students will delve into the fundamental principles of problem-solving in STEM, explore interdisciplinary approaches to tackle complex societal issues, and analyze recent breakthroughs that have had a profound impact on addressing global challenges. By the end of this module, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the role of STEM in addressing global challenges, honed their problem-solving skills, and acquired the ability to critically assess and communicate the impact of STEM breakthroughs on society. This foundational knowledge will lay the groundwork for subsequent modules that delve deeper into specific STEM disciplines and their applications.

Keywords: Global challenges, problem solving, interdisciplinary approach, breakthroughs, STEM.