A Revolutionary Idea! Education for the 21st Century

June 3, 2014 Mark Christensen

Our annual User Conference is just around the corner! This year, we have set out to inspire first timers and energize returning attendees. Recently, I had an opportunity to chat with MIT Professor, Woodie Flowers, a well-known pioneer in engineering hands-on education and our UC14 Keynote speaker.

Woodie is a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the original host of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers.” He is also the co-founder and creator of the yearly challenges for FIRST Robotics, which has been getting thousands of students involved in hands-on and creative problem solving.

Over the years, Woodie has highlighted a model of education that encourages students to seek knowledge themselves. A skill set that he feels will lead to practical application in the career world. By moving beyond passive learning, students will be more successful when they proactively learn, maximize the opportunities to work with experts, and advocate for their own training.

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Talking with Woodie, I quickly realized that his perspective will be great food for thought as we start our day together on Thursday morning at UC14. From someone who started his educational journey building hot rods in Louisiana, to growing one of the most popular programs at MIT, to reimaging the educational model – Woodie Flowers is a revolutionary thinker in education and will help keep you inspired for the rest of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you at UC14, July 9 – 11 in Boston at the Hyatt Harborside!

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