Why does this matter?
So many times throughout my education I have asked this question. Let me first say clearly that the inability to connect the “why” to the “what” is not directly the fault of our schools. We have a certain curriculum that needs to be taught in a certain amount of time. However, when quantity becomes the focus, quality is sacrificed.
So, what is the solution? I think it’s two things (and these are two things that frankly can get us through many of challenges we face):
Hard work and creativity. We have to outwork and outsmart.
Think differently and do not just work harder, but work smarter – optimize the time you spend learning. When all is said and done, it is our full intention that our students not only learn how to engineer products from scratch but are also able to discuss them intelligently. I want them to see that what they are building has an impact to the greater good – whether it be designing a project that can run on clean energy, enable someone in a developing country to live a better life, or just for personal entertainment.
We do not want our students to memorize and regurgitate. We want them to learn and then apply this information in a way that does not allow them to forget. When you can learn in such a way, you develop a proficiency. Naturally, when you are good at something, you begin to enjoy it and passion begins to develop. We want our students to use this passion to then impact the world in a meaningful way. That’s why we started BlueStamp Engineering.
Furthermore, I feel when you undertake anything that direct practice is most effective. If you are going to be an engineer, then practice being a real engineer. Let’s not spend our time just discussing how it should be done, let’s spend it actually doing. Yes, the projects are challenging. Absolutely. But when you get there, when you achieve it, there’s just no feeling like it. So go ahead – try, fail, persevere, and succeed – and we will be there to help you.
Let’s find out what we’re capable of. I bet it’s a heck of a lot more than we think!