Solar lighting has enabled the people of Huamba, Peru, to receive medical treatment at all hours. The lights are part of a larger system that powers a vaccine refrigerator and shortwave radio.
We define service-learning as a hands-on learning approach in which students achieve academic objectives in a credit-bearing course by meeting real community needs. In engineering the students become better professionals and better citizens while the community benefits.
We acknowledge gratefully the support of this program by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and by the volunteer efforts of many students, faculty, administrators, and community partners as well as the financial support of the National Science Foundation (Grants EEC-0431925, EEC-0530632, ARRA - EEC-0935185, DUE-0920574, and DUE-1022738) and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Thanks to all the faculty members in engineering and other colleges who have tried service-learning in their courses as part of this program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.