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Teaching and research

Stanford Medicine Children's Health —

Going to school in the metaverse

For Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital patients too sick to learn in person, virtual reality lessons offer a reassuring sense of routine and unlimited field trips.

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Stanford Engineering —

Jennifer Widom’s instructional odyssey

Seven years ago, the School of Engineering dean and developer of one of the first-ever MOOCs took her show on the road, delivering free data science courses to students around the world. She’s just back from Mongolia, and the lessons are still rolling in.

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‘Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions’ teaches students to develop their ethical compass

A Stanford engineering course shows students how relying on principles and values can guide them through difficult professional and personal situations.

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Course on trees fostered curiosity

A course with origins in childhood wonder encourages students to think deeply about trees and the ideas they can inspire.

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Kelp forest ecology course trains future underwater scientists

A five-week course tests the mental and physical limitations of six up-and-coming scientific divers as they learn about the ecology and conservation of kelp forest communities through subtidal techniques.

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New course explores environmental injustice

Stanford course works with East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market to offer on-the-spot testing for heavy metals and learn about environmental injustice, specifically as it relates to communities of color and environmental contamination.

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New program embeds ethics into computer science courses

Kathleen Creel is training the next generation of entrepreneurs and engineers to identify and work through various ethical and moral problems they will encounter in their careers.

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Creative writing course explores overlap of science and art

Students in this course combine creative writing and science, discussing their texts in group workshops and gaining immersive writing experience through a trip to Hopkins Marine Station.

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How to prototype: Students make five unique chairs at the

Physical prototyping is an important part of the creative process. It provides a wide range of solutions for designers to explore. In a Stanford class called Creative Gym, students practiced their prototyping skills by creating five unique chairs using different types of materials.

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Aeronautics students learn flight basics through design

Students in an introductory aeronautics and astronautics course participate in a balsa wood glider flying competition.

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