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Engagement in Practice: Final Design Projects on High-altitude Balloon Payload, Integrated with Low-cost Open Source Hardware, a Tool for STEM Education in Rural Paraguay – a Case Study

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Conference

2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Designing Opportunities for Youth Engagement in STEM

Tagged Division

Community Engagement Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32711

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https://strategy.asee.org/32711

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Oscar Matias Gonzalez Chamorro Proyecto Arapy Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0843-0059

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Oscar Matías González Chamorro was born in Caaguazu city. He is a sophomore electromechanical engineering student from the School of Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. Oscar currently works as a teaching assistant and a junior researcher. He also collaborates with the Paraguay Space Agency (AEP) and, the Aerospace Research Group (GADI) from the Polytechnic School at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. In 2017 he has participated in the first round of Paraguay Science Clubs, a Scientific Enterprise Initiative workshop developed by the Benjamin Franklin Science Corner. Oscar mainly stands out for its leadership and talent in the development of community projects. He is the General Coordinator of a project called PROYECTO ARAPY - GLOBO SONDA PARAGUAY.
He was awarded the Outstanding Young of the City of Caaguazú award in the year 2017.
He was the winner of TOYP JCI CDE, Ten Outstanding Young Persons organized by the Junior International Chamber, in the category of scientific and technological development in 2018.
The ARAPY Project intends to carry out aerospace explorations in different parts of the country with the use of the High Altitude Balloons (HAB). The purpose is to support the development of technology and science exploration processes, scientific research and education.
Arapy project purpose is to spark awareness to young Paraguayan students in scientific research, to motivate the interest in science and technology. With these objectives, Arapy project carried out workshops, trainings and competitions, in rural community schools, to allow them experience scientific and innovative teaching methods.

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Gustavo Ramón Samaniego Balbuena Colegio Inmaculada Concepción

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Gustavo Ramón Samaniego Balbuena was born in Escobar city, at the state of Paraguari, Paraguay. He has a degree in Pedagogy with an emphasis in Mathematics. He had graduated from the Catholic University of Asuncion. In addition, he is a tenured professor of Basic Sciences with emphasis in Natural Sciences by the Superior Don Bosco Salesian Institute. Prof. Gustavo Samaniego holds a Diploma in Social Communication and Art. He is also a Specialist in Methodology of Scientific Research by the Intercontinental Technological University.
He has served as Physics and Chemistry Coordinator at Proyecto Arapy, a High Altitude Balloon project, intended for scientific and educational purposes.
He has 19 years of experience as a teacher of basic school education, intermediate and university level.
He is currently teaching Physics, Chemistry, Natural Sciences and Health at the Immaculate Conception School, as well as Coordinator of Scientific Research Projects at local community.at Proyecto Arapy, a High Altitude Balloon project, intended for scientific and educational purposes.
He has 19 years of experience as a teacher of basic school education, intermediate and university level.
He is currently teaching Physics, Chemistry, Natural Sciences and Health at the Immaculate Conception School, as well as Coordinator of Scientific Research Projects at local community.

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Jorge H. Kurita Universidad Nacional de Asuncion Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0141-5171

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Dr. Jorge Kurita attended Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay, where he got his BS in Electromechanical Engineering. After graduation, he spent some time in academia working as faculty. During this tenure he taught courses on heat transfer, fluid mechanics and physics. In 2004 Dr. Kurita was granted the Fulbright scholarship to attend a graduate program on Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He has finished his MS and then continued with a doctorate program. His doctorate research was funded by NASA and the NSF. Dr. Kurita's contribution to his field was well published in several papers from high impact journals.
From 2011 Dr. Kurita worked as a development engineer II, in the competitive automotive industry, Filtran LLC, located in Des Plaines Illinois. His experience as an experimental researcher helped Filtran to develop special testing techniques never implemented before on filtration systems. In addition, Dr. Kurita worked in the CAE group, contributing to develop simulation techniques to help develop state of the art filtration systems.
From 2016 Dr. Kurita is back to his alma mater as an assistant professor in Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. Later the same year, he is appointed to lead the research department of the School of Engineering. From 2017 he is appointed to be the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. He is currently working as the director of the Planning Directorate of the Paraguayan Space Agency. For his contributions to the Paraguayan society education in the field of science and engineering, he was acknowledged as the "Exceptional Protagonist of 2017" by the Ultimahora News, a major newspaper in Paraguay. In the same year, he was distinguished with the "Outstanding Citizen Award," granted by the city council of the City of Asuncion.

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Abstract

It is presented here, how a rural community was engaged, through its local high school, on the design of a payload to be deployed through a stratospheric platform. In this particular case, low cost open source hardware was integrated to a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Payload. The main purpose of this activity was to support STEM education in rural communities by encouraging high school students to design, build, test, operate and data process HAB Payloads. The learning of fundamentals of this type of technology as well as, the study of the previous art, the design of experiments, the wiring of sensors to a microcontroller board and the open source program coding were all valuable learning experience to students. As a result of the success of this activity, in supporting STEM education, made the local government initiate the process to include Space Education as part of the curriculum initiatives.

Gonzalez Chamorro, O. M., & Samaniego Balbuena, G. R., & Kurita, J. H. (2019, June), Engagement in Practice: Final Design Projects on High-altitude Balloon Payload, Integrated with Low-cost Open Source Hardware, a Tool for STEM Education in Rural Paraguay – a Case Study Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32711

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