The Engineering IDEAs Clinic

Bringing Real World Into the Classroom

The Engineering IDEAs Clinic™ supplements a traditional engineering curriculum with open-ended activities designed to spark student self-learning and exploration.

Through Ideas Clinic activities, students will learn good engineering practices by experimenting with real-world engineering problems; they will gain an appreciation for the connections between courses in their curriculum; they will apply their analysis skills to complex, open-ended problems; and they will exercise their creativity, judgement and problem solving skills while acquiring soft skills such as communication and teamwork. Most importantly, the activities will provide students with a breadth of hands-on experiences in an enjoyable and safe environment.

  1. Aug. 14, 2019Waterloo amazes on The Amazing Race Canada

    From maze-walking robots to self-driving cars, Waterloo captures the nation

    By University Relations

    You might have noticed something familiar while flipping through the channels earlier this week.

    For the first time ever, the University of Waterloo appeared as a Pit Stop on this season of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada.

    In traditional Waterloo fashion, innovative projects and head-scratching challenges designed by students were showcased on Canada’s most-watched summer series.

  2. July 23, 2019Nanotechnology Engineering Design Days
    Student testing their scanning tunneling microscope.

    First year Nanotechnology Engineering students took part in their Engineering Design Days activity on March 12 and 19, 2019.  The event was a huge success, and is currently being offered to Nano students in the 2B class in spring 2019.  This activity was recently featured on the Nanotechnology Engineering department website.  The full article is available here.

  3. Jan. 28, 2019Experimental, risk-taking engineering education environment

    Experimental, risk-taking engineering education environment

    Project testing and much more takes place in the Engineering Ideas Clinic®, a two-storey focal point of the new Engineering 7 building designed for professors from different engineering disciplines to collectively teach theoretical concepts to students through experimental, hands-on learning.

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