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Increasing The Innovation Ability And Aptitude Of Technology And Engineering Students Through Focused Collaborative, Crossdisciplinary Design Thinking Boot Camps

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Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Course Innovation

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

14.731.1 - 14.731.11

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https://peer.asee.org/5611

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Geoff Wright

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Paul Skaggs

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Richard Fry Brigham Young University

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C. Richard Helps Brigham Young University

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Innovation Boot Camps: a Collaborative, Cross-Discipline, Technology Enhanced Approach to Enhancing Student Innovation Aptitude and Ability

Dr. XXXXX XXXXX University Country Email

Abstract: We believe students need to possess an understanding of innovation and related skills (i.e., creativity, problem finding and forming, ability to generate and develop new ideas into practical and helpful products, etc.) to keep pace and stay ahead of the rapid development and implementation of new science and technology in the 21st century. This research focuses on the methods and efforts developed and being implemented to advance a culture of innovation within our college of technology and engineering. The primary method we have developed to help our students be innovative involves emerging them in an Innovation Boot Camp. The purpose of this paper is to describe the purpose, learning outcomes, curriculum, methods of instruction, and the relative impact the Boot Camp is having on student understanding of and skills associated to innovation, and how the experience is impacting our college initiative to create a culture of innovation.

Introduction

The Innovation Boot Camp is an intensive hands-on, collaborative experiential learning workshop focused on educating students on the principles and processes of innovation. The structure of the initial Innovation Boot Camp was a two-day experience, blending students and faculty from six different programs/departments (i.e., Technology Engineering Education, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Design, Information Technology, and Construction and Facilities Management).

The purpose of this paper is to describe what we did, how we did it, and why it is important. The “What” section will include a description of the Innovation Boot Camp: it’s purpose, development, curriculum, theoretical underpinnings, learning outcomes, and associated literature. The “How” section will discuss the implementation stages of the Boot Camp, its organization and logistics, activities developed and engaged in, and methods of instruction. Finally, the “Why” section will outline the findings and data analysis aggregated thus far, and provide a discussion of the impact the Boot Camp is having on student understanding of and skills associated to innovation, restructuring issues, how the experience is impacting our college initiative to create a culture of innovation, and why we believe other universities/schools would be interested in this effort.

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Wright, G., & Skaggs, P., & Fry, R., & Helps, C. R. (2009, June), Increasing The Innovation Ability And Aptitude Of Technology And Engineering Students Through Focused Collaborative, Crossdisciplinary Design Thinking Boot Camps Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5611

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