10 August 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md.–Oh to be a kid again!
Well, not so much a kid but a college student. We've written a lot on Drive for Innovation about the maker movement and the hands-on activities or curricula that are flourishing in universities (whether it's New York Institute of Technology, San Jose State, UMass Amherst, Penn or Arizona State).
Here at the University of Maryland, we talked to Prof. Eric Wachsman about his materials research and then asked him about how hands-on projects are helping students today.
Students have "seen the larger picture. They're interested in sustainabilty, so they're very motivated in that regard."
University of Maryland students took the top U.S. prize in the 2007 Department of Energy Solar Decathalon, and, when we visited Wachsman, they had just won the overall prize for 2011 with an amazing, multidisciplinary solar house design.
Here's a look at that amazing project: