Friday, November 12, 2010

Iron Range Engineering

I'm very much interested in alternative models of engineering education that cede greater autonomy in the learning process to the student, and give them experiences that boost their self-confidence in their ability to learn and do.

I recently found out about a small engineering program in Minnesota has set out to do just this. It's called Iron Range Engineering. The students in this program develop essential skills in a self-driven manner while working on real-world projects.

Here's a video of a talk by the founder, Ron Ulseth, describing the aims of this program when it started just a little over a year ago:

I'm hoping to visit this unique program sometime next year, and see for myself how it works.

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