The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) Model for Project Based Learning in Engineering
In the heart Minnesota’s Mesabi iron range, a new model for engineering education has been funded and began delivery in January 2010. The IRE (Iron Range Engineering) model is a project-based-learning (PjBL) model in which students work with industry or entrepreneurs on design projects with a focus on producing graduates with integrated technical/professional knowledge and competencies. Students at IRE are upper-division mechanical engineering students, enrolled at Minnesota State University Mankato, who are mostly graduates of Minnesota's community colleges. IRE students do not take classes;100% of their learning is done in the context of the industry/entrepreneurial projects. The PjBL model readily lends itself to regional economic development making the IRE program an education/economic hybrid system.
2010 North Midwest Section
Ewert, D., & Ulseth, R., & Johnson, B., & McNally, A. (2021, June), The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) Model for Project Based Learning in Engineering Paper presented at 2010 North Midwest Section, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. 10.18260/1-2-1114-36470
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