"When an employer evaluates an engineering candidate, seeing his or her work-product is even more important than a resumé. It is the most efficient way to gauge interests, skill-level, curiosity, and commitment. In software, these examples come in the form of source-code, usually stored on Github. And yet, university admissions have historically ignored projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), instead relying upon test scores to sort applicants.
In 2013, MIT made news with their announcement that they would begin to accept maker portfolios for undergraduate admissions. Their stated goal was to see how students “learn, create, and problem-solve in an unstructured environment.” Portfolio examples established a wide perimeter of acceptability: “new origami designs, a chainmail suit, a potato cannon, a knitted fractal, or a computer program/app.” Over the last 3 years, MIT has been leading the way with this multi-disciplinary approach as well as their openly sharing their data and challenges along the way."
Via John Evans