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For Chris Swan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, the classroom extends well beyond the grounds of the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus. From hazardous waste cleanup around Boston to water purification in Ecuador with Engineers Without Borders, Swan uses service learning to give students authentic, real-world experience to help drive home the lessons they learn in class.
Listen as Swan details how his students benefit from service learning—and what it means for engineering education.
In 2010, Tufts Engineers Without Borders went to Uganda and worked with the Foundation for Development of Needy Communities to bring clean water to the Shilongo Village. They analyzed the soil profile, measured flow rates of the streams, took water samples and tested them, conducted health surveys, and assessed the available local materials in the area. After meeting with community leaders, they decided to build a contraption to store clean water, a necessity for the village. A year later, EWB went back to the Shilongo Village and built a water tank for the community. Here’s a video of what they accomplished: