The next Project Buildathon 4 will be Friday March 6th at the University of Windsor! This event is the first time that industry professionals will join a Buildathon. The goal is to engage with professionals and educators as we question, grow, and innovate engineering education. Please pass this email along to anyone you feel might be interested.
Project Buildathon workshops are an opportunity for Engineering Educators – instructors, educational developers, administrators, students, etc. – to find alignment and work collaboratively around common priorities. This workshop will set the stage for meaningful and robust collaboration among industry, community, and the post-secondary education sector. The workshop is structured to empower attendees to simultaneously achieve their own specific objectives and act as a catalyst towards furthering engineering education initiatives. In this emerging and complex Engineering Education space in Canada, where people have unique backgrounds and different needs, we require a different approach than what we are used to with typical knowledge-translation workshops. It is difficult to describe ahead of time, because each Buildathon event is unique based on who attends, and what the common priorities are. However, this video will give you an idea of what to expect.
The Goal of Project Buildathon 4: To host an open space for engineering educators to come together around a common theme to find alignment between priorities and opportunities for sharing, collaboration, and networking. The idea for the event is to recruit participants who will benefit from working collaboratively with each other for a day. The theme of this Project Buildathon will be:
Building Thriving Education x Industry Connections
The specific workshop objectives are for participants to:
1) Build relationships – new and existing,
2) Build projects – new and existing,
3) Build shared understanding – developing individual capacity
What do you mean by a ‘theme’ of Building Thriving Education x Industry Connections?
While this is more broadly an Engineering Education workshop, the theme allows us to start on the same page, to more quickly find alignment and make tangible progress. However, we are hesitant to get too specific about the theme, because sometimes the most interesting outcomes are ones that emerge from tangents.
In this workshop we aim to explore how connections between educators, students and industry professionals can emerge, develop, and result in positive outcomes for everyone. We will discover what others are doing to foster the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in our students. By working together for a day, we will further our high-level understanding of how industry and the education sector can collaborate to prepare emerging engineers for a future that they will create, engage, and move forward. We will develop tangible actions for immediate impact in both the classroom and the workplace.