Please join us for a more relaxed, festive edition of the Conversation Series!
The obligatory wine and mince pies will be served, along with popcorn as we screen 'Let Me Do It', a 45 minute documentary film about engineering education, featuring a cameo by our very own Director, Prof. John Mitchell.
Dr Natasha McCarthy, Head of Policy, Data at the Royal Society will be introducing the film and giving a short talk.
Told through the eyes of students, professors and deans from the likes of Stanford, MIT, University of Illinois, Duke, University of Toronto, Bucknell University, University College London and Cambridge University, among others, 'Let Me Do It' offers a rare glimpse into a radical evolution that may change the way we teach the future leaders of the tech economy.
"Engineering schools are passion-killers. Talented young people arrive with burning ambition, inquisitive minds and a determination to change the world for the better. All too often that is sucked out of them within weeks.
Students are drowned in discrete math and physics until the only survivors are those who cling to the safety of textbooks rather than creating solutions or collaborating with others.
This math-science-death-march weeds out those who do not conform. The result is we lose some of the most-promising engineers.
'Let Me Do It' has become the rallying cry of a growing band of educators who want engineering education to return to its ‘show me, don’t tell me’ roots.
They want to put trust back in the hands and the minds of students: to make things, to embrace the messiness of ambiguity and to truly understand the problems they are trying to solve.
This will only be possible if institutions and educators are prepared to think the unthinkable by challenging the orthodoxies of a system that’s become resistant to change."