Connecting the digital and physical worlds
Waterloo Engineering’s co-op education is the most successful method of delivering early real-world engineering experiences. Every engineering student, from their first year to their fourth, gains unique insight and invaluable experience through their co-op work terms. Now to complement this unique educational advantage, Waterloo Engineering is delivering real-world engineering experiences into the classroom through our new Engineering Ideas Clinic™.
What makes the Engineering Ideas Clinic invaluable and transformative is that it directly addresses the needs of today’s generation of engineering students. The Engineering Ideas Clinic connects the digital and physical worlds, allowing for analysis and understanding. It gives students a space to create, test, refine and succeed. Failures along the way are embraced as essential learning; “fail fast and fail forward” is the mark of every engineer. From autonomous robots to wearable technologies, the Engineering Ideas Clinic will be a creative birthplace for the engineers who shape our future.
Sparking intellectual curiosity
Imagine small teams of students unravelling the mysteries of…a coffeemaker? Or watch students break out in a sweat as they struggle to construct their very first brushless DC motors and in the process finally “get” the power of copper wire and magnets. How could these seemingly simple engineering tasks lead to advancing the frontiers of human knowledge? Because it is these types of hands-on, open-ended activities that spark intellectual curiosity and ingrain engineering concepts that no ordinary lecture could hope to achieve. It’s self-learning and exploration in an environment where students acquire good engineering practices and gain an appreciation between the courses in their curriculum. They enthusiastically exercise their creativity, use their judgment and flex their problem-solving skills while building the essential communication and team skills that turns a good engineer into a great engineer.
- Engineering Ideas Clinic stories: Reverse Engineering a Water Filter ; Brushless DC Motor
- Read more stories about what happens in the Engineering Ideas Clinic.