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Learn By Doing Videos

The Living Library

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“The Living Library” exhibit showcases Cal Poly’s united efforts towards sustainability and resilience, through practices ranging from art, architecture, and agriculture, to engineering, public policy, and community service.

The natural world is brought inside Kennedy Library through an eco-lawn, a living wall, and green space designed by the Cal Poly Horticulture Club. Paired with the exhibit’s centerpiece – a sculptural interpretation of the iconic Cal Poly Mustang made of reclaimed materials – the green interior environment showcases the many facets of sustainability.

Nationally acclaimed artist and Cal Poly alumnus Ivan McLean collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of Architectural Engineering students led by Professor Craig Baltimore to create the reclaimed mustang. The piece honors Cal Poly’s 2016 Open House theme, “Celebrating the Mustang Legacy.”


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The Story of Paideia

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Political Science students Joi Sullivan & Katie Magnus set out to leave their mark on Cal Poly and their major through development of a political science journal entitled, Paideia. The journal’s success has afforded Learn by Doing opportunities for the next generation of students, like Ashley Stephens, who took over as editor in the second year. Hear more about their story. 


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Service Through Construction


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Cynics may view the polytechnic orientation of Cal Poly as being overly focused on serving industry, yet this Construction Management industry partnership shows the fallacy in that line of thinking. Through the tireless effort of Professor Phil Barlow, his students practice Learn by Doing through service learning and help those in need in the community of San Luis Obispo. Hear more about their story. 


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Learn by Doing Commons

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President Armstrong and College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) Dean Theodoropoulos invited Cal Poly architecture and landscape architecture students to participate in a design charrette to develop proposals for a future Learn By Doing Commons. The goal was to design spaces that promote interdisciplinary collaboration across campus. The charrette required a week of intensive team work and resulted in a series of indoor and outdoor project proposals. 


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Paideia team
Congratulations to the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients, Lynn Metcalf and Catherine Waitinas! 

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Signature Book

Get your copy of the special edition More than a Motto book that celebrates Cal Poly's unique institutional identity today! 

Copies are available for purchase at Cal Poly University Store and Cal Poly Downtown. Online sales are available here.  

Upcoming Events

February 1-4, 2018
SLO Discovery Weekend
(Books available for purchase)

Cal Poly Talks Series
Emcee: Brian Greenwood
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00-7:00 pm
University Union, Room 220

SLO Discovery Reception
Saturday, February 3, 2018
5:00-6:30 pm