BC student shown laser radar by Bermuda police officerThe textbook definition of engaged learning includes giving students opportunities to engage significantly in their own learning, to practice the transfer or application of knowledge across contexts, and to interact with other perspectives and voices...

Bermuda police demonstrate laser radar to BC students

Relevancy = Engaged Learning

This week, two excellent, but very different, examples of how our faculty facilitate learning success took place, in and out of the classroom, and independently of one another. It spoke volumes of what we “do” here as a small, community college!

The textbook definition of engaged learning includes giving students opportunities to engage significantly in their own learning, to practice the transfer or application of knowledge across contexts, and to interact with other perspectives and voices...
student trys police radar
This past Tuesday morning, Dr. Ali Arouzi (Professor of Mathematics, Division of Arts & Science), invited several staff from Bermuda-based Athene Life Re, as classroom guests to speak to his Calculus II students about actuarial science as a discipline, and the arduous but rewarding process in becoming an actuary. The group included not one, but two Bermuda College alumni, Shane Hollis and Carlsen Phillip who immediately connected with students. As most will appreciate, actuarial science requires rigorous study, combining mathematics and statistics to predict risk potential in industries such as insurance and finance. Dr. Arouzi’s students had the benefit of seeing and hearing first-hand from persons who had, within the last five or six years were BC students themselves, but were now fielding questions and educating other students about a career that is in dire need of Bermudians.

“It was great!” said Dr. Arouzi of the student engagement. “The classroom workshop was held in three phases: - learning what actuaries actually do; learning what core classes they will need to take at Bermuda College to be properly prepared and aligned with overseas schools (after graduating); and learning of industry internships and possible summer employment opportunities. When I say something, (I find) it’s one thing, but there may be the generational gap issue involved,” he laughed. “Hearing it from someone young, the information sinks in more. They had lots of questions and were really interested!” The classroom visit was coordinated through the Counselling and Career Centre’s, Elisha Miller.

Bermuda police demonstrate laser radar on student scooters

Thursday afternoon, 23 teenagers – at least 20 of whom were males – were seen in rapt attention for one hour learning about speed, velocity and acceleration! Mr. Joseph Weeks, on-board as the Technical Education Centre’s newest faculty member, invited two traffic officers from the Bermuda Police Service on campus, complete with chaser bikes and the newest laser speed guns, to demonstrate along Stonington Circle the ‘dynamic’ relationship between speed, velocity and acceleration. Two students volunteered their services and were ‘clocked’ at various speeds riding their cycles up and down the stretch. What affects speed, how surfaces can cause refraction, the differences between the ‘old’ radar and the new laser technology all made for a compelling applied lesson. “Jaki-da Richardson, 18, said he learned how Police determine speed and what factors can affect the laser gun reading, such as rain, and angles at which the gun is held. The session with the officers lasted well beyond the scheduled time.

Bermuda police demonstrate laser radar readoutInviting guests to the classroom and coordinating interactive and unique teaching experiences are not new to BC. Faculty have been providing such learning opportunities for years. We don’t always get to hear about them, but when we do, it’s an excellent reminder to us all that not just what we do, but how we do it matters in the delivery of our core mission – the success of our students.

THANK YOU to Dr. Ali Arouzi (Division of Arts & Science), Ms. Elisha Miller (Counselling & Career Centre), and Mr. Joseph Weeks (Department of Technical Education)!

 Bermuda police demonstrate laser radar