I agree, bobjengr. Hands-on experience translates to better engineers. Engineering schools are starting to realize that now, and more are putting hands-on design classes into the first year of their curriculums. National Instruments has told us about schools that use Lego Mindstorms in first-year engineering classes.
Great post--very informative. I certainly wish you good luck with the race. I think endeavors of this type teach basic principals in a fashion that remain with the student and later on, the practicing engineer. Most manufacturers will tell you that "hands-on" creates conditions in which learning "sticks" while facilitating the teaching process. Again, good post and hope you guys win.
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