First-year students jump at the chance to become scientifically literate, learning how things work so they can understand why they’re important.
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The aim of this Rollins College Conference (RCC) course is to expose first-year students to the science behind the headlines. Understanding the differences between heat and temperature or nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors equips students with the knowledge they need to interpret and question what they’re hearing in the news every day.
“This class is important as an RCC because here at Rollins we strive to educate global citizens and responsible leaders from the start,” says Whitney Coyle, assistant professor of physics. “Part of that responsibility and citizenship comes from voting for our political leaders or becoming one, and we need our leaders to understand science in order to make informed decisions about science.”