Mini-Documentary Series: Education Reengineered

Publish Date: Jul 15, 2013 | 0 Ratings | 0.00 out of 5 | Print | 2 Customer Reviews | Submit your review

Table of Contents

  1. The Power of Project-Based Learning
  2. Education, Powered by LabVIEW
  3. Engineering Beyond the Classroom

Many of the world’s most significant engineering challenges will be met decades into the future by the next generation of engineers and scientists. To inspire and enable today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators, NI invests in improving science and engineering education globally with contributions of time, technology, and financial support to teach fundamental engineering concepts.

NI believes the best way to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and science is to give them fun, hands-on experiences with real-world engineering tools. We're engaging students through interactive robotics platforms powered by NI technology that teach engineering fundamentals, such as mechanics, electronics, and software programming. NI provides support for robotics competitions, in-classroom mentoring, and enrichment programs.

Of course, we can talk about what we're doing all day, but we want to show you, too. These are the stories of real classrooms around NI's hometown, Austin, Texas.

1. The Power of Project-Based Learning

The middle school students on St. Gabriel's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League team can't drive a car, but they can program a robot. They don't know it, but they're living proof that the shift to project-based learning in STEM education has been wildly effective. Hands-on, project-based learning is made easy through the intuitive LabVIEW programming language beneath the LEGO MINDSTORMS® software skin, and the support of teachers and mentors. When students "do engineering" instead of just studying theory, the outcome is astounding.  

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2. Education, Powered by LabVIEW

The majority of Connally High's students are at risk of not graduating, but you'd never sense that in the robotics classroom. What started as a small club that worked from an empty NI conference room has turned into the largest team in Central Texas and fully supported by public STEM grants. Thanks to NI’s financial and personal support, this team is doing incredible things—and the trickle-down effect is impacting the whole community.

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3. Engineering Beyond the Classroom

For Westlake's FIRST Robotics Competition team, robotics isn't an extracurricular program—it's a way of life that goes beyond the walls of their high school. These students have been offered internships at SpaceX and speaking opportunities at SXSW, but it’s seeing firsthand how engineering connects to the real world that’s driving them right now. With the help of intuitive LabVIEW system design software and the powerful new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, team 2468 is an unstoppable force on and off the field. Watch what happens when teachers and the tools fade into the background and students just "do engineering."

Learn more about how NI is inspiring the next generation of innovators.

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Customer Reviews
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Do Engineering  - Jul 20, 2013

I just watched the NI supported programs on robotics from the video clips of the e-mail and I'm fascinated of how young minds were developed and allowed to grow. This gives them the opportunity to really know their capabilities and the fields they want to pursue. Also, they get the chance to love what they do which in return produces the best output they could give. I really wish that NI could also have these programs in the Philippines, particularly in Cebu City. Many young and talented minds are out there, just waiting to be given the chance and be cultivated :)

  - Jul 16, 2013

Very interesting. I'd like to implement this in Romania.

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