Final Thoughts

  At both Rhein-Waal University’s Fablab and QConcepts Design & Engineering, students were highly focused, inspired by their learning, and eager to share their work.  They were also developing a wide range of skills that went far beyond simple rote knowledge or occupation-specific technical skills; they were developing adaptability, organization, communication, and teamwork skills.  Both …

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Friday morning at QConcepts

Friday was our final day in Germany and the Netherlands, and it seems our hosts may have saved the best for last.  This morning, we visited QConcepts Design & Engineering in Doetinchem, Netherlands.  The owner, Jurian Rademaker, founded the company as an expression of his passion for boat racing and integrating solar systems into boats.  The …

Coffee, Analytics, One Medieval Church, One More Wonderful Meal

It's been a long but lovely day, and I'm exhausted, so I will try to keep today's entry brief. This morning, we joined our friends from both Rhein-Waal University and Berufskolleg Kleve to tour Probat, a family-owned business that produces coffee roasting machinery.  We were given a tour of the museum, taught how to roast …

ROC Nijmegen

It was back over the border into Netherlands today for a visit to ROC Nijmegan.  ROC translates to Regional Education Center, an institution that is strikingly similar to the U.S. notion of the community college.  In fact, there were no ROC's in Netherlands until the 1990's, when the country had a Minister of Education who …

Monday, Feb. 4: Rhein-Waal University & Fablab

Today's program began with an introduction to Rhein-Waal University, which has three cornerstones in its mission:  Innovative, Interdisciplinary, & International.  The college has four interdisciplinary schools: Technology & Bionics, Life Sciences, Society & Economics, and Communication & Environment.  75% of the programs are in English, a feature so attractive that it,  along with Germany's free …