June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Community Engagement Division
26.540.1 - 26.540.18
Development of the Whole Student through an Engineering Abroad Service Learning Program: Rainwater Catchment/Filtration System in GuatemalaThe first engineering service learning abroad program was offered during the 2013-14 academicyear which consisted of an application process; weekly pre-trip preparatory meetings; the two-week January 2014 community engagement service project in Guatemala; and weekly post-tripculmination meetings. From the application process, eleven engineering student delegates andthree alternates were selected in varying fields of engineering, construction experience, andlanguage skills. During the weekly Fall 2013 preparatory meetings, the two faculty and thefourteen students met to explore Guatemala’s culture; learn about health and safety of travelingabroad; perform preliminary design of the water system for the village of Vuelta Grande. Thetwo-week abroad experience consisted of working with the young adult leaders of the village indesigning, procuring material, building, and testing the rainwater catchment-filter system toprovide the village with potable water. And, during the weekly Spring 2014 culminationmeetings, the students used the documentation of their experience in a series of presentations tothe College and the local professional community. Following the culmination meetings, theeleven students completed self assessments in rating their personal and professional growth fromthe abroad program from 1 (low) to 10 (high). The areas of growth included industry skills,importance of civic engagement; awareness of engineering as a global profession; and desire tobe an engineer. The results from the assessments showed a mean varying between 6.0- 7.0 inskills prior to the experience and a mean varying from 8.0 – 9.0 in skills after the experience.
Panzardi, J., & Disney, K. A., & Cordoba-Velasquez, N., & Faria, B., & Kalman, S. E., & Mojica, P., & Jimenez, J. H. (2015, June), Development of the Whole Student through an Engineering Abroad Service-Learning Program: Rainwater Catchment/Filtration System in Guatemala Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23879
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