Engineering as learning

Posted by muriel / on 11/15/2011 / 0 Comments

"It's a great opportunity for students to become extraordinary engineers." Read more here

A father's project stimulated interest in a son at 8 who went on to found the High Performance Engineering Authority (HPEA)  whose fundamental concept is based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) philosophy of learning by doing.

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Lara's words


"I wanted to learn more," says Lara, "and I asked my father to teach me about engineering."

Lara's father bought him a set of K'NEX® from the local Radio Shack® and they set to work building robots, and learning the workings of motors, batteries, and resistors. When he was 12, Lara began to study calculus, linear algebra, classical mechanics, and learned mechanical drawing using AutoCAD®.

His father worked hard to foster his enthusiasm for learning, and as Lara grew older, he knew he would make a career of engineering. But he learned another important lesson from his father: he should do all he could to inspire learning in others.

Stumbling across a resource

In March 2005, Lara began searching for a university mechatronics program and stumbled across MIT OpenCourseWare. He spent hours reading and exploring the site, making connections between what he already knew and what he still had to learn. "I have been using OCW regularly since that day because I find it useful to get ideas for my projects," says Lara. "It helps me learn more from my courses."

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