Center for Educational Research
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This website is the documentation of an exhibition of working steam engineer models which took place from December 17, 1997 to January 8, 1998 at the Electrokinetics Gallery on Lafayette Street in New York City, under the auspices of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Science and Technology Mission of the French Embassy in Washington, DC. The exhibition was a great success. More than 300 people attended the opening and several hundred more saw it before its closing. This exhibition was developed in a course EID 111 – Design, Illusion and Reality, an elective offered to students of Engineering, Art, and Architecture with funding from the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition. Its interdisciplinary approach enlarges the concept of design that students are exposed to. Group projects emphasize considerations of the interplay between ideas, concepts, values and technical realization in their social, intellectual and historical context. The material presented here can be used as supplementary material for courses in Design, Engineering Science, Society, and Technology, History, New Liberal Arts programs or other such programs. It can also be of interest to the public at large.
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