The ease of use of sophisticated advanced technologies, methods and equipment often affects the in-depth understanding of causes, rules and principles which underlie the analysed processes and phenomena; e.g., for engineers, the application of computer-generated results without deep understanding of their underlying theoretical and practical bases narrows their professional horizons.
This eventually often results in mistakes on a technical level. In the modern computer-aided reality, highly qualified experts who develop and/or apply the advanced methods and techniques often complain of such frequent lack of understanding of easily and “automatically” obtained results, especially among the students and young engineers.
Visualization has been widely known for its uses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and its contribution to learning has been shown in recent research. Drawing is considered by many researchers as indispensable for visual thinking, while at the same time it contributes to visual skills, which are the key to success in STEM.
Freehand sketching is helpful in many diverse areas of STEM, incl. aeronautical engineering.
This ancient technique through its new uses is becoming more and more popular among modern experts, including the ICT community.
However, not many possess this skill, and who in our rapidly moving reality can afford spending weeks and months to learn sketching?
The lecture points out the uses of freehand sketching and spatial literacy in engineering, outlines an innovative methodology which allows for very fast learning of freehand sketching and briefly exemplifies its application.