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PROJECT BASED LEARNING OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES Veera Gnaneswar Gude* Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Mississippi State University, Mississippi, MS 39762 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Ph. 530-751-6061 Project based learning is an effective teaching tool to teach often hard to grasp concepts.The constructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participating inthe process of learning through projects. In this paper, the importance of engineering projects toteach environmental engineering concepts for the emerging civil and environmental engineers ispresented. These projects were focused on developing storm water pollution prevention plan –SWPPP for a given site for development, design of green infrastructure for rainwater harvesting,treatment of algae contaminated surface waters, wastewater treatment for clean electricityproduction, and algae cultivation for biofuel production. Undergraduate and graduate studentgroups were assigned to work on these projects. Both course and laboratory based projects wereperformed. For example, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration concepts anddesign principles were taught through practical demonstrations for the junior and senior civilengineering students in the environmental engineering laboratory. In these exercises, the studentteams were held responsible for design and demonstration of the experimental procedures. Thestudent learning was greatly enhanced by the practical and hands-on research experiences. Thispaper will discuss the integration of project based learning into environmental engineering courses(junior, senior and graduate level courses) and the enrichment of student learning experiences andtheir success.
Gude, V. G., & Truax, D. D. (2015, June), Project-based Learning of Environmental Engineering Principles Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24606
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