ENGR125: Making a Difference through Engineering Fieldwork

ENGR125: Making a Difference through Engineering Fieldwork

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In this Wintersession trip students implement and assess projects developed in ENGR120. Working closely with community members in Nicaragua, students deliver projects developed in ENGR120, assess these and previously-delivered projects, and identify new projects. Development and practice of skills needed for engineering fieldwork: interview methods, cross-cultural observation, creative capacity building, rapid design iteration, device building with limited supplies, and co-creation.

This course is limited to 6 students and spans the entirety of Wintersession (Jan. 4-22 for 2016).  The majority of the time will be spent in Nicaragua; travel dates are still being finalized, but will be from approximately January 7 - 20, 2016, with the remainder of time spent on campus preparing for the trip and later documenting it. 

Enrollment is by application, with top priority given to students who have taken or are currently taking ENGR120.  Preference will also be given to upperclasswomen and students with relevant language skills (Spanish for Nicaragua). For students who have not taken ENGR120, experience in another Wellesley engineering class and/or somewhat related coursework is valued (e.g. a D-Lab class at MIT, ADE at Olin, etc.).  MIT students, with relevant experience, have preference for one slots.  Students earn 0.5 credits for this course.

The program fee will cover the following costs: course credit, instruction and lecture program, airfare (Boston-Managua and return), as well as the following costs in Nicaragua: room & board, city transportation, museum and other entrance fees, and required group cultural outings.  Students may want to bring pocket money for personal expenses, and are responsible for meals while on the Wellesley campus.

Please direct any questions to Prof. Amy Banzaert, abanzaert@wellesley.edu.

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Wellesley College reserves the right to cancel or modify this program if necessary.  Not offered every year (generally in even years). Subject to Provost's Office approval.