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Biofabrication with SCOBY: material innovation and independent learning in a summer research unit


Hindrum, S and Hornblow, M and Power, J and Yong, A, Biofabrication with SCOBY: material innovation and independent learning in a summer research unit, Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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This poster presentation will communicate the process and results developed as part of a Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship (DSRS) unit, building upon a previous Teaching Development Grant between architecture and design and chemistry, investigating Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY). The intention of the DSRS unit is for undergraduate students to learn research protocols and develop interest in pursuing further research. Despite its research positioning, the unit must be carefully designed to facilitate independent learning sustained over a period of weeks. Architecture and design disciplines are traditionally taught in studio settings that involve collaborative ‘project-based teaching in small groups’ (Wallis, et al., 2017, p. 123). Although still responding to so-called ‘wicked problems’, the DSRS unit contrasts this established style of learning by requiring self-directed independent learning in a supervisory mode situated in a research context (Buchanan, 1995, p. 14-5).

The main aim of the DSRS project was to generate ideas and working prototypes for the use of SCOBY as an architectural material responding to the emerging design field of bio-design. Expert in the field William Myers (2012, p. 9) defines the emergent field of bio-design as ‘(referring) specifically to the incorporation of living organisms as essential components, enhancing the function of the finished work’. The unit provided both hands-on learning, including site visits, reflective processes such as journaling, and consultation with material experts.

The poster will demonstrate the high impact learning associated with the DSRS unit.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:SCOBY, biofabrication, biodesign, multidisciplinary
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Interaction and experience design
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable manufacturing activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable manufacturing activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hindrum, S (Mrs Sonja Hindrum)
UTAS Author:Hornblow, M (Dr Michael Hornblow)
UTAS Author:Power, J (Dr Jacqueline Power)
UTAS Author:Yong, A (Mr Aaron Yong)
ID Code:129348
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2018-11-26
Last Modified:2018-11-26
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