Annual WPI breakfast features Learning FactoryThe sixth annual Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (WPI) alumni breakfast will feature a student presentation on their work with the Learning Factory, and it will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in the Lion’s Den of the Perkins Student Center. The cost is $6 per person, and the breakfast is open to all WPI alumni and their spouses.
Penn State Berks held its initial Learning Factory Showcase on Monday, December 6, 2010. From a solar-powered cell phone to a 12-volt cigarette lighter powered by pedaling a bicycle, first-year students tackled “real-world” engineering projects and displayed their work as part of “Project Green Light” during this first presentation.
The Learning Factory was established at University Park in 1995. Companies from across the country present their design challenges to senior engineering students in the Learning Factory and compete to “sell” the students on working on their projects. In 1999, University Park established the client-centered design challenge, in which one company sponsors a project each semester and all first-year engineering students work on the same project.
Penn State Berks benchmarked both programs and established a Learning Factory at the college to integrate industry-sponsored design projects into both first-year and senior engineering design courses. Penn State Berks is the first campus outside University Park to launch the industry-sponsored projects in the first-year engineering design course, although other campuses work on industry-sponsored projects in their senior engineering design courses.
To reserve your seat for the breakfast by April 12, 2011, contact Wendy Kimock at 610-396-6057 or respond via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.