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2012 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings (2012)
Seattle, WA, USA USA
Oct. 3, 2012 to Oct. 6, 2012
ISSN: 0190-5848
ISBN: 978-1-4673-1353-7
pp: 1-6
Sridhar S. Condoor , Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA
Gregory Keogh , Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA
ABSTRACT
While the value of the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering is now well recognized, faculty members are still struggling to find curricular and extracurricular activities to instill this mindset. This paper presents weekly innovation challenges as a relatively easy to implement set of activities that can be incorporated into: • Existing courses as impromptu competitions and icebreakers that require no major curricular overhaul • Extracurricular activities to effectively engage students and faculty, and • Outreach activities to promote STEM and entrepreneurship through summer camps, engineers week competitions, K-12 outreach, and open-house events. The goal of the weekly innovation challenges is to instill the entrepreneurial mindset and foster interdisciplinary team to address a need under tight time constraints. In the long-term, the challenges have the potential to change the eco-system of the entire school. This paper provides insights into the organization of such challenges and logistics in conducting them.
INDEX TERMS
Technological innovation, Educational institutions, Reflection, Bridges, Prototypes, Boats, Game theory, challenges, innovation, entrepreneurial mindset, multidisciplinary teamwork
CITATION

S. S. Condoor and G. Keogh, "Work in progress: Weekly innovation challenge: Changing the mindset one step at a time every week," 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings(FIE), Seattle, WA, USA USA, 2012, pp. 1-6.
doi:10.1109/FIE.2012.6462262
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