With a goal to create and foster makers who can take innovation to the next level, we started a program last year, wherein we conducted 2-day workshops at 7 different IITs last year. The students seemed to have had an absolutely amazing experience and so did we, interacting with almost 2000 first year students and sharing our philosophy of hands-on learning with them budding engineers.
The origin story of this program lies in the work we did with the students of IIT Gandhinagar during their induction program for the incoming undergraduates. Since they don’t have any regular classes for the first five weeks, quality time was spent tinkering and the feedback left us overwhelmed. The next thing we knew, we were sharing this experience with students of other colleges and different IITs.
The students would get a flavour of engineering in a more realistic, hands-on way through this program and would likely get motivated to focus on concepts in their upcoming studies. They would design and build machines like Robotic Arm, a car that draws sine wave (also triangular wave and many others), JCB machine, Geodesic Domes, a DC motor and then discuss & understand the science, math and engineering behind them.