This lesson plan uses Harlan Ellison’s “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman” as part of an interdisciplinary first-year curriculum linking perspectives from the humanities with engineering design. Students participated in a “mock trial” based on two characters from the story as a way to reflect on good teamwork, the value of creativity, and on the nature of the engineering profession. Both Ellison’s story and the lesson explore the benefits of taking a “STEAM” perspective that integrates the precision and timeliness needed in engineering (represented by the Ticktockman) with the flexibility and creativity inspired by the humanities (represented by Harlequin).
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"Trial By STEAM: A Lesson Plan for Using “Repent, Harlequin!” in the STEAM Classroom,"
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol4/iss2/13