On April 29 to May 28, 2019, a group of eighteen students attended an entrepreneurship program at the Technion – Institute of Technology. Under the guidance of Program Directors: Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Helen Leighton, and Dr. Shlomo Maital, the students embarked on a journey of self-discovery and self-development by diving into the world of entrepreneurship in Israel – the Start-Up Nation.
This experiential education course was truly unlike any other course that I have ever experienced in the past, delivered in a dynamic and engaging format, through a series of lectures, interactive workshops, guest speakers, group activities and visits to technology companies. In many of the classes, there was a strong emphasis on team-based learning, meaning that we were encouraged to collaborate, support and learn from one another through mutual feedback and sharing.
I found this to be a more engaging, motivating, and highly effective method of learning which complemented traditional lecture-style classes. The activities compelled us to think creatively, on the spot, while collaborating in teams – all skills which are necessary to entrepreneurship. For example, we were tasked to create a Rube Goldberg machine in one hour, an activity paralleled the world of entrepreneurship. There was huge capacity for creativity due to the ambiguity of what was possible with our given tools, there was a need to work in an efficient and resourceful manner, and it was a chaotic environment given the limited time and large group size. Importantly I learned that teamwork is more than the sum of individual contributions but rather the sum of the interactions between team members.