Building the engineer – not just the structure

Lyon, Dale and Huisman, Julia; (2022) Building the engineer – not just the structure. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Engineering Education. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. ISBN 9781914241208

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From inception, in 2010, ConStructEd Scotland has taken students studying within the built environment faculty and in particular civil and structural engineering students and looked to turn their theory into practice through an on-site experience where they are tasked with delivering a live construction project safely, on schedule and within their own budget. This paper will look at how these early principles have been developed over the past six years, and further developed during times of Covid, to focus much more on the individual journey that each student takes during the five day intensive study period. where their softer skills are challenged and honed ensuring that participating students can align their personal development against the ICE’s 7 Professional Attributes. By taking the data obtained during our three years involvement in University of Strathclyde CL995: Industrial Design and Construction Masters Program where the participating students were taken out of their comfort zone and how immersing them in this multi-cultural learning environment with a mix of secondary, college and university students it was possible to challenge Masters students’ emotional intelligence within a safe environment whilst creating an experience like no other that offered a richer learning experience with context.

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