Liberal Arts Modules

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CS: Mapping The Smith Campus

In this module, Professor Helene Visentin, of the French Department at Smith College, presents how technology helps her bring antique maps of Paris, France, into her literature classes. Overlaid with actual maps of Paris rendered by Google Maps, the old maps are scaled and rotated to match, as best as possible, the modern maze of Paris streets, and can be shown with various level of opacity. A set of sliders allow the user to overlay several maps on top of each other, or on top of the modern map.

In the module developed for the CS I class, the lab takes the student through the exercise of digitizing a map of the Smith College campus, creating a CSV file with the coordinates of the polygons defining the shapes of the buildings, and creating a new map with the coordinates.

The homework part of this module asks the students to merge the csv file containing the coordinates of the building with a second file that contains the year of construction of each building. This allows the generation of a map of the campus where each building is color-coded by its year of construction.

The page for this module is available here.

CS: An Image Annotator for Cultural History Research


In this module, Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art at Smith College, presents her research which addresses both indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She is particularly interested in the hybridity in colonial visual culture and the trade between China and Mexico, and presents how a simple image annotator tool, currently in the prototype stage, could augment the ability of students to learn information from images.

The main page for this module is available here.

EGR 100: Engineering for Everyone - Challenges in Human Health

The following three documents capture the material used in Version 1.0 of Sarah Moore's LAM in EGR 100: Engineering for Everyone - Challenges in Human Health. This material was used in Fall 2014.

Day 1 Day 1 (pdf)

Day 2 Day 2 (pdf)

Day 3 Day 3 & 4 (pdf)

EGR 110: Fundamental Engineering Principles

The following documents capture the material used in Version 1.0 of Sarah Moore's LAM in EGR 110: Fundamental Engineering Principles. The material was used in Spring 2015. The material was incorporated with two field trips to the MacLeish Field Station in Whately, Massachusetts. Throughout the semester, students worked with staff in Smith College's Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) to ask and explore questions inspired by their visits to the field station. Example questions centered around use of water resources, alternative energy use, or building accessibility. Computational questions were weaved in throughout the semester, including an assignment where students were expected to ask a question related to their MacLeish Field Station project where computational approaches could support exploring that question, and then write a computer program to begin to address their question.