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Service Learning In Engineering: Summary Of Findings From A Pre Conference Workshop

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.1107.1 - 10.1107.8



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William Moeller

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Margaret Pinnell

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Bernard Amadei

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Angela Bielefeldt

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Robyn Sandekian

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A Summary of the Workshop on Integrating Appropriate- Sustainable Technology and Service-Learning in Engineering Education

Robyn Sandekian, Dr. Bernard Amadei / Dr. Margaret Pinnell University of Colorado at Boulder / University of Dayton

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) hosted a workshop entitled, Integrating Appropriate-Sustainable Technology and Service-Learning in Engineering Education on September 27-29, 2004. This workshop was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). One objective of this workshop was to provide a forum for engineering educators and students as well as representatives from NGO’s, governmental agencies and international consultants to share information and exchange ideas regarding appropriate technology program and course development and/or the integration of appropriate, sustainable technology concepts into existing programs and courses. A second objective of this workshop was to explore the challenges and benefits associated with incorporating service-learning into engineering courses.

Objective 1: To Provide a Forum to Share Information and Exchange Ideas Sixty-three participants from 45 different organizations in eight countries attended the workshop that consisted of keynote lectures, presentations, breakout sessions, and plenary discussion periods. Facilitated discussion periods explored the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and implications of incorporating appropriate technology, sustainability and service-learning into the engineering curriculum. Topics addressed in this workshop included: (i) the university perspective on incorporating service-learning, appropriate technology and sustainability in engineering education; (ii) presentations of the views of the various stakeholders involved in service-learning and appropriate technology; (iii) information regarding what is currently going on in engineering education as related to service-learning; and (iv) appropriate technology and sustainability and the implications of this new mindset on education, industry and society.

Thanks to an NSF-funded Department-Level Reform (NSF-DLR) one-year planning grant, a sub-group of participants met for several hours to help develop new Engineering for Developing Communities tracks within the Civil Engineering and the Environmental Engineering B.S. programs and incorporate Earth Systems Engineering and sustainability ideas throughout the curriculum within the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Once designed, the new curriculum will be the basis for an NSF-DLR three-year implementation grant proposal.

Speakers presented a variety of options to integrate appropriate/sustainable technology concepts into the engineering curriculum. Those options ranged from adding pre-developed modules (such as those presented by Karlson “Charlie” Hargroves of The Natural Edge Project1) into existing syllabi, to teaching interdisciplinary courses specifically focused on solutions for the

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Moeller, W., & Pinnell, M., & Amadei, B., & Bielefeldt, A., & Sandekian, R. (2005, June), Service Learning In Engineering: Summary Of Findings From A Pre Conference Workshop Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14214

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