Learning by Doing

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.

How We Know: What do an alge­bra teacher, Toy­ota and a clas­si­cal musi­cian have in com­mon?

Driving Lessons

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.

SciFri: Bionics & Tissue Engineering

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!