Course: 26.211 – Mechanics (Statics)
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: Amad Tayebi
Partner: Peruvian Village of Raypa, Ancash
Partnership Description: The village of Raypa in the department of Ancash is part of the Village Empowerment Peru Project run by Professor John Duffy. The village identified the need for the school to have clean water all day, necessitating a raised tank on a support structure. John Duffy gave a presentation to the class, reviewed the reports, and supervised the implementation of one of the student designs built with the help of the village on the following trip to Peru in January 2006.
Partnership Description: Water Tank Support System for the School in Raypa. Raypa is a town located near Huarmey, Peru, at about 10 degrees south latitude. There are roughly 200 students between elementary and high school in two different sessions every day. One of the vital necessities in the school was water for different uses, such as hand washing that is obviously important for public health. For many years now this school has water flowing to it only for a couple of hours early in the morning from the town at a higher elevation. For extra credit, the students were asked to design and evaluate a tower upon which to place a 2500 liter polyethylene tank to store water so that the water would be available all the time. Three students chose to do the project.