The EAC flips the traditional education model by promoting active learning and placing the student at the center of the experience. By engaging students through active learning methods, professors and librarians can encourage faster learning and improved knowledge retention – which contributes to operational excellence in the workplace. Active learning has shown to be a superior method of teaching; in comparison to traditional lecturing, failure rates for students decline by 55%. In conjunction, the EAC operates on a ‘research sprint’ model where students share and communicate their findings, helping to develop crucial skills required in the working world.
“The Engineering Academic Challenge has evolved into a truly global event,” said Sumita Singh, Managing Director of Reference Solutions at Elsevier. “Previously, the majority of participants have been in North America, but now – from APAC to Latin America – librarians and students have been organizing their own EAC events and taking part. Events like the EAC are vital in helping hone the skills of the next generation of engineers and scientists. Elsevier is committed to preparing engineers to succeed in the working world and equipping them with the knowledge and abilities they’ll need to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.”
Nanyang Technological University’s Chiang Wee noted that the interdisciplinary nature of the challenge is in keeping with the university’s current focus. “Previously, our six engineering schools each worked separately. Now we have an Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) where students, faculty and engineering research fellows can all work together. The challenge will help by pushing students into areas they may not have encountered before.”
Engineering and science students from academic institutions across the globe who wish to participate in this year’s challenge can register at: https://eac.elsevier.com/.
 Freeman, S. et al. Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the national academy of sciences, June 10, 2014, 111 (23)
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