The parent's perspective goes on ... We've visited three schools in the past three days. Life is different from when I chose Dartmouth (and they chose me) back in the Spring of 1974. Last night in our Super 8 Motel near Iowa City, I looked over and realized Erik was leading three different Google Chats on the laptop. One conversation was with a friend who had just visited MIT and RPI ... they were comparing notes.
Some of the comments ...
- These schools are big, like cities ... cool labs.
- You don't get to do engineering work Freshmen year ... class size can be HUGE.
- Valpo, however was smaller and cool ... neat robots, visualization lab
Here is where life gets interesting. In my prior post, I mentioned that Erik had learned about WPI's robotics program via the NXT Blog. Well ... that blog learned of Erik's quest, and linked / posted. My blog stats show tons of referrals back to this blog.
In addition, a freshman from the Olin School of Engineering stumbled upon my first posting, and emailed me. Erik and I checked out Olin's web site ast night, and given our experiences at the "big" schools, it looks like we will delete MIT from our visit list, and check out Olin instead. Check out Olin's student blog. It appears Olin has a unique approach to engineering education.
We finished our evening with a call home ... via the phone ... no! ... Skype!