UPCT-Bloopbusters: A methodology of teaching physics and technology concepts using movie scenes and related experiments

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International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education
  • Fecha: 01 enero 2020
  • ISSN: 20504578 00207209
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.1177/0020720920965872
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
  • Editorial: SAGE Publications Inc.
© The Author(s) 2020.There is an increasing need for innovative educational methods that can motivate and engage students in subjects that are often perceived as difficult or boring. One such approach is the UPCT-Bloopbusters educational project, developed by a group of professors at the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, wherein concepts from the fields of physics and technology are presented and exemplified in the classroom through scenes from different movies in conjunction with experiments. The project was conducted on three subjects, one from each of the three bachelor of electrical engineering degree programs offered at the UPCT, namely Physics I, Applied Physics, and Optical Communications. This paper describes the methodology of the educational project and then presents and discusses the academic results of the students involved in terms of success and performance rates both before and after the application of the new methodology. Moreover, the results of a survey carried out on the students are presented. Finally, some of the exercises used in this methodology for the teaching and learning of science based on different movie scenes are provided as examples. The results of the project show that the students were receptive of the methodology and further indicated that it may lead to increased academic performance due to their enhanced understanding of physics and technology concepts.

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