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Solar Energy Experiments for Girls (project 1 of 2 for all students.)

25.107Solar Energy Experiments for Girls

Course: 25.107 Introduction to Engineering I
Instructor: David Willis
Semester: Spring 2009 – trailer section
Partner:Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) and Girls Incorporated

Project Description: Twenty-five students out of sequence for the fall Intro to Eng. I course (transfers, withdrawals, etc.) engaged in two S-L projects in their course, collectively worth thirty-percent of the final grade. Project 1began with a representative of the TIHC coming to brief the students about what she had in mind for solar energy lab experiments that could be done as an outreach project of the TIHC for an after-school outreach program for Girls Inc. Constraints and preferences were also listed on the project handout and time was given for students to dialog with the community partner for further clarification.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Develop an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Develop an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Develop an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Develop an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Instill the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Community objectives met by the project:

  • Developed 5 preliminary solar laboratory experiments for TIHC and Girls Inc.
  • Familiarize new UML students to the National Park and other resources in downtown Lowell.