Toying With Ideas: A Collaboration Between Engineering And Entrepreneurship
The vison of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program at Mount Union (ESPMU) is to develop entrepreneurial leadership across the University’s diverse academic programs by merging cross-discipline competencies during one semester. ESPMU partnered with the Engineering Department to connect an upper-level entrepreneurship course (ENT350) with the first-year engineering courses (EGE120). This collaboration encouraged students to teach and engage other students from very different disciplines with professor oversight. The collaboration between the two courses resulted in a team of ENT350 students soliciting prototype proposals to create new toy ideas. Throughout the semester, the engineering students designed prototypes and the ENT350 clients provided feedback. The teams demonstrated prototypes to the student body who voted for their favorite during an Engineering-Entrepreneurial Expo. This collaboration encouraged students to engage in entrepreneurial thinking and receive peer feedback.
Presented by: Michael Kachilla, University of Mount Union