Service Learning sees students participating in projects that serve the community's needs, as part of the engineer's responsibility to society. Through this experience, students develop professionalism and a practical perspective by connecting the classroom to the real world.
There are two ways to earn Service Learning credit:
- Participate, as part of a Service Learning course (ex. ENGR 202), in an approved project that uses engineering or computer science skillsets and serves a community need.
- Complete a total of 40 hours of volunteer service on a project that uses engineering or computer science skillsets and serves a community need.
Service Learning opportunities may be found in existing classes and through outreach initiatives such as Engineers Without Borders, GoBabyGo!, STEM mentoring, and more.
The Service Learning Project
Any Service Learning project should:
- be an organized service activity consisting of an intentional and thought-provoking application of classroom learning to active and engaging work by participating in a group project that meets identified community needs,
- include structured reflection on the service activity to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995; Totten & Pederson, 1997) and
- benefit the community (broadly defined) and opportunities for service can address a wide variety of community needs.
An intentional and thought-provoking application of classroom learning to active and engaging engineering work by participating in a group project that meets identified community needs. The course is project based, with a report and reflections. The project is identified by the student and could be mentoring or leading a team of students in an engineering service effort. (1 credit hour)