Here at MPOW, the faculty is designing the curriculum to be, as much as possible, interdisciplinary. One shining recent example was an assignment given to the chemistry students to write a haiku on an article in the periodic table. Brilliant. A number of the faculty and staff were roped in….er….allowed to participate.
We each drew an element out of a jar. Mine was Astatine. Never heard of it. In preparing to write, I had to research the element – which, of course, was the point. I now know that astatine is the rarest of the naturally occurring elements, is highly radioactive, and is very dark. They think. Apparently this element hangs around for such a short period of time that no one really knows much about it.
The Periodic Table of Haiku has now been published. Wander over and take a look. It’s pretty cool stuff.