Learning while playing… what a wonderful challenge!
And when it comes to finding truly innovative ideas, this is the mindset companies are looking for. For instance, big brands such as Renault, SFR or DLA Piper participate in student contests involving middle, high school and college students.
Innovative, motivated and creative students smartly deal with engineering, marketing, sales and mechanics to create ecological engines or invent the future cell phones.
The EducEco Challenge stimulates students through a very daring competition where knowledge in 3D design and mechanics is essential. Their objective is to conceptualize, design, build and finally test sustainable engines by going the farthest using the least amount of energy. At this occasion, the Dassault Systèmes Academic department has given a special award for the design to the MURP team from ENIT (Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes) on Nogaro’s famous French race track.
On another level, the Course en Cours competition fosters horizontal learning, awarding students according to their ability to promote their projects by recreating all attributes of a professional race team (name, logo, visual properties and so on). Combining originality, design, fun, ecology, and technology, Course en Cours offers them an overview of the professional world.
But automotive is not the only subject of inspiration for younger ones. MOBI3 challenges secondary schools from priority education area in handling a project from conception to commercialization of a mobile phone. Its goal is to strengthen students’ ambition and creativity, allowing them to consider perspectives they would not have thought of for their studies.
Every team targets the #1 prize but, let’s face it, students involved in such competitions get more out of what they learn and assimilate than out of the prize itself… Plus this is the occasion for most of them to visit a company for the first time.
A tip… Keep an eye on future generations! Not driven by profitability, they take bold initiatives and can bring forward some daring innovations!
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All the best,