I really like the idea of adding experiments as the curriculum tool – we will have by far more students in our field of experimental fluid mechanics.
A curriculum built around a rotating-tank experiment could improve weather and climate education
In recent years, U.S. undergraduates have shown an increasing interest in introductory meteorology, oceanography and climate classes. But many students find it difficult to grasp the non-intuitive nature of rotating fluids, which is critical to understanding how weather systems and climate work. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that instructors usually have to teach these abstract concepts using only equations or computer simulations because of the limited resources available for lab experiments.
Read more on MIT News blog: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/weather-tank-0317.html