According to the Boston-based Society of Chemical Leaders, Movers and Shakers (SCLMS), origami should be a critical part of the curriculum at every university. The skills origami develops will not only aid in critical thinking, it also provides a creative outlet many students need, notes Jeremiah Grenouille-Taureau, president of SCLMS and a registered professional engineer in chemical engineering in Massachusetts.
“We’ve done extensive research on core curriculum needed to prepare chemical engineers,” says Grenouille-Taureau. “Typically, biology, calculus, general chemistry, reactor design and thermodynamics dominate the workload. Our research shows that adding artsy-fartsy classes really helps these students excel. It lets them cut loose and explore another side of their brain.”
The report, Creativity In Chemical Engineering Coursework, highlights results and contains several origami class projects further proving the point that chemical engineering is a worthwhile field of study.