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SLICE Project Examples

Service-Learning Project Examples


Design of a Power Meter for the Tsongas Waterwheel Displays

Course: 16.365 - Electronics I
Instructor: Joel Therrien
Partner: Tsongas Industrial History Museum

For this project, students from the Electronics I class were instructed to come up with a circuit for measuring and displaying the power generated by the waterwheels on display at the Tsongas museum. Students used concepts of amplifiers and transistors (a central component of the engineering course) to design the circuits.

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Redesign of the Waterwheel Display at Tsongas Industrial History Museum

Course: 16.365 - Electronics I
Instructor: Joel Therrien
Partner: Tsongas Industrial History Museum

The goal of the project was to replace the display that had a hardwired output. Previously the waterwheel display at the museum was underused because it did not have an accurate display of the waterwheel power. The new student designs should address this issue.

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Displays for Tsongas History Center

Course: 25.107 - Introduction to Engineering
Instructor: David Kazmer
Partner: Tsongas History Center

Working with the Tsongas History Center, part of the Lowell National Historical Park, the Intro. to Engineering students have created demonstrations of historical devices that illustrate principles of engineering mechanisms that have been employed historically in Lowell industries. These demonstrations have been made available to over 60,000 elementary students.

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Redesign the Broken Plastic Waterwheel from an Exhibit at the Tsongas Industrial History Center

Course: 26.418 Plastics Product and Process Design
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Fang “Francis” Lai
Partner:Tsongas Industrial History Center

This course examined theoretical principles and sound engineering practice involved in the design of new end products made from polymers, applying the total systems approach to the balance between product design, choice of materials, tool design, and process techniques, as they affect competitive choices for commercial success.

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8th Grade Science Teaching Module Development for Jackson Street Charter School

31.251 - Chemistry of Health & Environment I
31.252 - Chemistry of Health & Environment II
Semester: Fall 2005, Spring 2006
Instructor: John Warner
Partner: Jackson Street Charter School

During the Chemistry of Health and the Environmental five modules for 8th grade science curriculum. The class collaborated with an 8th grade science teacher at the Jackson Street Charter School in Lowell. The students were given the Massachusetts frameworks and told to develop a module that would help towards teaching a specific framework (and, in turn this would help the students for their MCAS exams). Five groups of students developed modules according to five different frameworks. These modules will soon be available on-line for any teacher to download for free. The goal in this service learning exercise was to develop modules for science teachers to use in their day-to-day teaching activities. Teachers generally stress the need for materials that are relevant to the standardized exams, therefore the modules specific target these needs.

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