Inspiring students to bravely plow their own creative furrow is hard. It’s harder if there needs a systematic, sustainable, and impactful platform to support students’ initiatives. As educators, it is incumbent on us to connect the dots between these two puddles. We galvanize the appetite of students for REAL experiential learning in Engineering, and that galvanizes the appetite of other stakeholders for opportunity creation which empowers our students to make those changes together. Its short form, REAL, is a play on words in which it means authentic while also being an acronym for Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Awareness, and Leadership. Such four letters encapsulate the spirit of InnoWing’s experiential learning in Engineering. Responsibility shapes a better world with technological innovations. Entrepreneurship translates ideas into reality. Awareness sharpens students’ perspectives of emerging technologies. Leadership uplifts teams and visionary thinking.
Our REAL experiential learning comes in different forms, including collaborations locally, regionally and globally and is supported by four streams of resources. Connections, Activities, Research, and Facilities or abbreviated as CARF are the fertile ground for making our REAL experiential learning happen. We develop connections for our young innovators, counterparts and industrial experts to design applications in contexts. We organise events and activities to showcase our students’ innovation projects and achievements. We engage students in fundamental research for inventive doing and thinking, individually and collectively. We provide exceptional space and plentiful facilities for students to use at their disposal.
Resetting the limits and parameters of learning while strengthening students’ proactive muscle are equally important.It is our vision that students do not learn by simple recitals of facts that can be found in textbooks or elsewhere, but by the unconstrained exploration of their imagined future.