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Twitter Chat: Creativity in Engineering


The earliest engineers were renaissance thinkers and visionaries.  In the tradition of Leonardo daVinci, many were gifted artists as well as technical experts.

Creativity as it appears (or doesn’t) in engineering education and professional practice today is up for discussion on the Big Beacon Twitter chat tonight!

Join us for the #BigBeacon Twitter Chat 2/27/2013 8PM EST.   We’ll explore these and other questions using the hashtag #BigBeacon:

What is the most useful definition of creativity in the context of engineering?

Are engineers today as creative as they could be?    What are some of the practical reasons for the status quo?

How can educators nurture creativity in their students?  How can educational institutions themselves be more creative?

What does a more creative population of practicing professional engineers mean for the future of our profession?  For industry? For society in general?    What are potential downsides or obstacles to promoting creativity in engineering?

What are the costs of treating engineering as a primarily technical profession; all about analysis and not innovation?

What are the 3 most important core skills to unlock creativity?   Where should we start?


Here are some related articles you might like to check out before joining us:

A working definition of creativity

‘Creativizing’ your Life

Teaching creativity in Engineering

A Vision for Engineering Education in 2023


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A Canadian professional engineer with a background in manufacturing and mining, Erica is passionate about creating a better future through Six Sigma, Lean/Kaizen Events, mentorship, coaching, sustainability, educational reform and talking to kids about engineering.

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