An awesome article by Seed magazine (my current favorite magazine!) about learning by doing. Apparently that’s how we learn best. When we learn by doing, we retain the information we’ve learned much better than if it’s presented to us in an abstract way.
So, for the past week or so, I’ve been taking driving lessons. First I had 30 hours (spread out over a week, of course) of in-class study, most of which was about the law. Then, yesterday I started on my 10 hours of behind-the-wheel lessons.
Both of my teachers (one in classroom, one in the car) have been very good. I think I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve finished all of my in-class hours, and 3 of my behind-the-wheel hours. Yesterday I went on the expressway! I was nervous when I started driving, but then by the time I’d gotten there I was calm, so it wasn’t that scary. I felt all zoomy afterwards.
I just listened to this epidsode of a podcast that I like a lot; Science Friday: Making Science Radioactive.
In this episode, several people are interviewed about things relating to the topic. Here’s some of the things that they discuss:
- A milestone in science: Bladders are grown in labs and then put into children who were born with bladders that didn’t work very well.
- If and when we’ll be able to grow other body parts such as other organs, or even limbs.
- How expensive this might be.
- Mechanical hands, arms, and legs.
- Making humans so that they could actually regrow a lost limb, like creatures such as starfish are able to do.
It’s very interesting. Go check it out!