Scientific and Technological Literacy 100: Matter, Energy, Life, and Systems
Course Description: STL 100 is designed to develop the foundation for the scientific literacy necessary to understand technology's role in modern society. Basic scientific concepts underlying matter, energy, life and systems are introduced, and students engage in development of reasoning and problem-solving skills associated with scientific issues. The course is an introduction with applications to ecology, human biology and health, energy transformations, and systems.
What is STL?
Scientific and Technological Literacy (STL) is much more than simply being able to read, understand and write about science and technology, according to a UNESCO science and technology education group, "but also includes the ability to apply scientific and technological concepts and process skills to the life work and culture of one's own society."
- The development of attitudes, approaches, and skills for problem solving in daily life
- The development of positive attitudes and values relating to science and technology
- Dedication to effective teaching strategies, formal and informal
- Knowledge of the processes of accessing and communicating information and a willingness to use it to meet personal, local, or global requirements
Thanks to James Micik, STL professor, for his interest, support, and suggestions.
Thanks to David Hill, adjunct Iona reference librarian, for his collaborative part in creating this guide.