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. Apr. 9, 2021Feature on the Brock Solutions Industrial Automation Hub
    Picture of 4 belted conveyors in a square with a robotic arm in the centre.

    Brock Solutions Industrial Automation Hub

    The exciting work that the Ideas Clinic has started in the Brock Solutions Industrial Automation Hub was recently featured by Inductive Automation, one of the project partners.  The case study on this innovative industrial partnership in engineering education is available on Inductive Automation's website.

  2. July 13, 2020Collaborative Spaceship Design Day Featured in Waterloo Stories
    Spaceship flying through simulated environment

    Collaborative Spaceship Activity

  3. Feb. 12, 2020Brock Solutions has partnered with the Ideas Clinic
    Solid model of conveyer belt prototype

    Brock Solutions and the Ideas Clinic have partnered to develop a new activity centred around industrial automation.  The Ideas Clinic has been working with Brock's engineers to develop an activity that closely simulates real industry equipment and problems.  The prototypes for this activity are complete, and the Ideas Clinic is working hard to scale the activity for classroom use with pilot versions currently running in several courses.

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