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D21-04 : Engineers Without Boredom
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Abdelilah Afdel
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Feb 19, 2021
Hello, Ailsa and team D21-04. I'm Abdelilah and I've been assigned as your mentor. You've touched on an interesting and unique subject: Creativity within engineering education. I'm looking forward to watching how your ideas develop and become more sustainable. As you mentioned, Engineering as a sector can become corporate and specific to certain issues with little creative freedom, sometimes at the mercy of clients, sometimes not. This limitation can interfere with engineers' individuality and realising their own potential while they develop their skills. It can also create a codependency on upper management and colleagues, constantly chasing a project assigned to them without ever having the ability to create their own projects and generate ideas which could cause their company to flourish. Really valuable ideas you've all came up with. To take this idea to the next level: Think about the implications of your workshop. Engineering without mathematics and science is just design, taught on courses like graphic design and art. Engineering without design is impractical. Is there a more detailed way to include both? Is there a specific topic(s) to maximise freedom and creativity while also being practical? Is this going to be unique to each individual? To what extent will you loosen the limitations on engineers to breed new creativity? Without proper restriction, this project could become Engineers Without Order. A scope too wide could create unrealistic design goals which are not feasible. Is there a way to make your workshops both enjoyable and sustainable? Which sustainable development goals can be prioritised? How can you achieve the implementation of your workshop? (Finance, investment, resources, employees, the structure of the course) Finally, I want to share with you some workshops and ideas in the world right now. The Pavilion Project is a creative workshop introduced between A-Level and University. Mark Rober on Youtube is a creator and inventor with a Month.ly Course for creative engineering. Several design groups in the CrowdSolve space have similar ideas, including #D2135 and #D2129. Would it be possible to approach and collaborate on some ideas? As I've been assigned to your project quite late, I've been told I'm allowed to provide support for a little longer, so I will be providing feedback for you until midnight on the 20th of February UTC. Again, really great project. If you like, we can discuss this more over Zoom to make the most of what time we have left.
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