Abstract

Developing entrepreneurial mindset (EM) can help students understand the bigger picture, recognize opportunities, and learn from mistakes to create value. The purpose of this work was to promote EM development in a required junior-level mechanical engineering course. A pre-existing assistive device project was adapted to incorporate entrepreneurial-minded learning activities requiring students to demonstrate curiosity, make connections, and create value. The project was completed across the entire semester. Students created photojournals and participated in activities to build empathy for project clients. Value propositions were developed and presented before the course content was applied to design and evaluate assistive devices. At the conclusion of the project, the students reported high self-efficacy with the EM-related project objectives.

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