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Putting engineering into our education process inverts the traditionally long cycle of intense preparation followed by high-stakes evaluations.

Instead, we approach STEM education as an engaging progression of learning, experimentation, and steady growth.

Training the Next Generation of Problem-Solvers

In early education, young minds are encouraged to build and collaborate using accessible resources like LEGO or simple puzzles. They don’t know it, but they’re engineering by nature.

In grade school, students are introduced to math and science concepts in the context of real-world applications. With bite-sized, group engineering projects, they engage theory on their terms, earning small, daily wins that keep their interest as they learn.

In high school, students who have experienced a design-and-build approach to STEM topics so far start to build on their understanding of concepts at advanced levels and apply them to daily life. Design-and-build projects also energize students so they stay involved, succeeding in the classroom while becoming more likely to consider a college STEM track.

In college, students will benefit from having done hands-on projects earlier, gaining the momentum and confidence they need to choose and stay in STEM programs. We also give students the opportunity to learn on the same engineering platforms the industry pros use.

After graduation, our young engineers and technologists will enter the economy with resume-ready skills. Having done real engineering work in their communities, they’ll be poised to succeed on their first day of work. Because they are trained problem-solvers, they will adapt to the open-ended challenges presented by their evolving careers, making real contributions to solving the world’s grand challenges.

Engineering practices offer a method for super-charging what most instructors already do in science and math class.

The proven approaches of engineering naturally map to modern pedagogical thinking. When applied together, they create a virtuous cycle of learning and encouragement that keeps students engaged in STEM.

  1. Quick Iteration. Guess, check, and fail small for fast cycles of feedback and discovery.
  2. Digital Enablement. Using technology to accelerate the cycle of iteration and discovery.
  3. Inquiry. Learning to ask the right questions, rather than just seeking the answers. That includes accepting uncertainty and failure as natural parts of finding solutions.
  4. Solutions Orientation. Starting a project with a concrete goal or problem in mind.
  5. Rapid Prototyping. Build and test something small, then add on, rather than planning laborious systems in abstraction.