• Students increase their employability by showing potential employers a portfolio of achievements and recognition outside of formal coursework;
• Students get opportunities to learn and apply skills, in a hands-on environment through Designathons;
• By bringing students more directly in contact with companies such as our customers or partners through the proposed extra-curricular activities, students will get an understanding of the changes and advancements that are taking place within industry;
• Students and educators learning how to use the same tools that industry professionals use, instead of outdated software versions driven by the difficulty of school curricula to keep up with industry advancements;
• Micro-credentialing and an online portfolio will spur peer to peer competitiveness;
• Through designathons students learn from each other in a hands-on environment, but most importantly get offered the possibility to collaborate with peers from other disciplines;
• Addressing a lack of relevancy in current formal curricula, MOOCs will offer educators and students an industry-relevant curriculum, and ways to pursue their interests outside of classroom;
• Driving awareness of exciting developments in global manufacturing like 3-D prototyping and printing, connected manufacturing, advanced material development along with the multitude of new career opportunities these advancements bring.