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Enhancement of Chemical Engineering Introductory Curriculum through Service-Learning Implementation
Lale Yurttas, Jennifer Christensen, Janie Haney, Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Jeff Froyd, and Charles Glover Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Abstract As a part of a departmental curriculum reform project supported by the National Science Foundation, service-learning has been implemented in the first ChE sophomore-level course by a collaborative student and faculty effort to achieve the following: 1. Increase retention through student engagement with interesting and insightful projects that apply engineering principles to actual problems. 2. Engage students in social responsibility through real life projects and applications that in turn directly benefit the community and its members. 3. Build working relationships not only through student team work, but also through industrial and non-profit networking. 4. Create excitement for engineering through the promotion of sustainable technologies, project management, hands on experience, open-ended problems and project based learning.
To achieve these goals the first service-learning project has been given to the introductory level material and energy balances class for the fall of 2006. The general process for the project is as follows: 1. Formulation of project: Initial contact was made with many community based services and non-profit organizations, asking for service-learning opportunities. Proposals were discussed and selected according to pre-established project specification criteria. 2. Project promotion: Student teams assigned project with general outline and guidelines. Project requires planning, attention to detail, extra research for understanding of sustainable technologies for a creative solution, and transfer of learned concepts. 3. Designing and Project Completion: Field experts, professors and upperclassman mentors are available for guidance, support and collaborative learning. 4. Project Reflection: Written reports and oral presentations graded by professors and community representatives based on a rubric, including creativity, presentation, detail and application of engineering. Suggestions and constructive criticism given. Reflection on collective learning.
Service-learning benefits both the students participating and the community. Service- learning projects help students to establish connections between the concepts learned and the real life; promote team work; teach professional ethics and social responsibility; and provide opportunities for professional communication. In addition, basic economics will
Christensen, J., & Yurttas, L., & Stratton Haney, J., & El-Halwagi, M., & Froyd, J., & Glover, C. (2007, June), Enhancement Of Chemical Engineering Introductory Curriculum Through Service Learning Implementation Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2031
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