Developing global engineers
Arconic made US$105,000 available for a competitive grants process, with Engineers Without Borders-International facilitating the process. Successful applicants were Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the UK.
EWB-Brazil Rio de Janeiro chapter, together with REDES, through the “Engineers of the Future” project, uses LEGO Mindstorm and Arduino CTC 101 as powerful new approaches to advance students’ progress in STEM education in the underserved community of Maré. The grant will directly benefit 55 members per year.
EWB Canada’s Global Engineering Initiative (GEI) Certificate works with role model engineers to evolve curriculum and approve courses for GEI accreditation without additional coursework. The grant will scale up the program across all 40 schools; 1,400 Canadian engineering students are expected to graduate as Global Engineers annually.
EWB Mexico will use a grant in their project entitled “application of appropriate technologies for providing basic services to low-income rural communities in Mexico”. The focus is water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, sustainable housing and renewable energies, and artisan brick production (MK-2 kiln). Two workshops will benefit over 300 students directly and 600 students indirectly.
EWB UK’s grant will be used to training educators to deliver project-based initiatives. Student participation in project-based learning initiatives such as the Engineering for People Design Challenge will ensure skill development by the next generation of engineers to meet future challenges of the global community. Year one of the project is expected to directly benefit 5,000 students and 50 educators.