June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Community Engagement Division
Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCe2) is a partnership that pilots community-engaged, sustainable projects to address real world challenges in the Southeast neighborhood of City Y, a mid-size city in the midwest. BCe2 is made up of a diverse group of students and faculty from area high schools and colleges, community groups and neighborhood associations from the Southeast Neighborhood, local businesses, and the City Y through the Metro Lab Network (MLN) partnership. The Southeast Neighborhood is used as a sandbox of innovation to develop feasibility studies, designs and prototypes for smart green infrastructure and data-driven community development solutions to show transferability of both skills and local talent within local businesses, as well as knowledge transfer to address similar challenges in other neighborhoods and cities. The team employs human-centered participatory design to address City pain points by following the design thinking process: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype, and 5. Test. On every project, the team iterates with community and partner stakeholder input and adjusts project scope when necessary to be responsive to stakeholder needs. The BCe2 Summer 2016 Internship Program consisted of 22 interns from 6 of the area institutions addressing 9 projects in the Southeast Neighborhood. The success from the summer is an accomplishment springboard to carry talent engaged in purpose of advancing “smart city where everyone can thrive” momentum forward. In 2017, BCe2 will build on its strong networked relationships and strategically advance its projects and programs done with the community for meaningful outcomes and transformational long term impact.
Brockman, J. B., & Krug, M., & Czarnecki, A., & Nell, R. M., & Gilot, G. A., & Goodrich, V. E. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28228
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