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Changing Third-world Lives Through STEM Education in Honduras

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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International STEM Education: International Division Technical Session 6

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years of the academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and departments for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE, and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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During the summer of 2018, faculty member traveled to the country of Honduras to help install four shipping containers that had been converted into STEM classrooms (labs). Instantaneously, an entire town was granted the opportunity to alter the cycle of poverty gripping their communities for generations. Being part of a delegation of educators and students including those representing ________ (a 501c3 non-profit organization) [5], they delivered and installed the labs in the town of Belfante, Honduras. The converted containers were the product of year-long STEM projects completed by four high schools in ________. The four containers were converted into a computer lab, a welding lab, a wood shop and an engine repair lab.

This paper chronicles this and other amazing efforts of a national/international award-winning STEM educator and the impact he has made on young people on two continents. It continues with a discussion about the immediate and far-reaching impact that could be achieved through this on-going container/classroom initiative. With a multitude of existing projects and installations in Honduras, political/industry connections made and logistical strategies charted, the momentum of this initiative is primed to invite collegiate involvement in the form of senior design projects, web-based collaborative learning environments, educator field experiences or even study abroad opportunities for American students. The paper thus concludes with a call to engineering universities across the country to adopt a “Sister School” and commit to applying energy and resources to it via service-based initiatives providing sustainable, world-view experiences for their students while at the same time profoundly changing lives.

Adhikari, S. (2020, June), Changing Third-world Lives Through STEM Education in Honduras Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34274

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