Tag Archives: Lateral thinking

Connect the Dots

Sir Richard Branson has a mantra that runs through all his endeavors – “ABCD” or “Always Be Connecting the Dots”. And Seth Godin notes that “The magic of connecting dots is that once you learn the techniques, the dots can … Continue reading

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Too Much Stuff, Too Little Time, So Much Engineering!

Let’s apply the idea that Engineering is design under constraints to meet certain criteria. It’s the end of another school year and you had hoped to include some Engineering Design in your classroom but you never quite got there. Or … Continue reading

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The Creative Path from Problem to Solution: Know Your Options

Engineering is a natural process for most of us. We are continually developing solutions to challenges that are framed by constraints and criteria. In our work with teachers, we often break the Engineering Design Process down into three phases Know … Continue reading

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Easy Entry, Sky High, and a Mile Wide

What makes a great Engineering Design project? What creates the magic promised by project-based learning? The range and variety of possible projects is overwhelming. At ProjectEngin we focus on three key principles when developing projects for teachers to use.  In … Continue reading

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Engineering: The Process in the Middle

The STEM acronym is a bit of a double-edged sword in my world. On the one hand, as I discussed in my previous post, it can set up new boundaries and isolate the technical thinkers from more holistic and transdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Longitudinal Teaching for a Lateral World?? Really???

How does this make sense? More than any other aspect of our outdated education system, the narrow, longitudinal delivery of information is out of sync with a networked, connected, lateral world. Forget the mantras about skills-based learning and our inability … Continue reading

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