Water Purification - Systems & Global Engineering Project

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Water Purification - Systems & Global Engineering Project

Time: March 1, 2010 to April 16, 2010
Location: Collaboration Central
Event Type: online, collaborative, project
Organized By: Dave Janosz
Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2010

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In this telecollaborative project, students in grades 9 - 12 will study technologies related to water purification. Students will explore the need for clean water and the issues related to contaminated water, including treatment options. Ultimately, classes around the world will be paired together to collaborate on the design and production of a water purification system to be used in a developing country.

This project integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using a systems engineering approach. Systems engineering activities present an opportunity for students to do engineering the way engineers do it. Students can work together to identify problems or opportunities, explore alternatives, create models and test them. The Internet and computer-aided design software make it feasible for students in multiple locations to work together to develop solutions to complex engineering challenges.

This project has been designed to accomplish a number of related goals:

Expose students to:

* The need for clean water
* The various ways water sources may become contaminated
* The effects of contaminated water
* Clean water availability around the world
* Various organizations and agencies that deal with obtaining and providing clean water

Provide students with an opportunity to experience:

* The engineering design process
* Engineering using systems approach
* Collaborating with people around the world to solve a problem
* Communicating with people outside the classroom
* The difficulties in cleaning up contaminated water

Differentiate between:

* Systems and Global Engineering concepts and roles
* Collaboration and communication tools available

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Comment by Dave Janosz on March 19, 2010 at 9:18am
Hi Mark. The projects are carried out in English, so if you're all comfortable with that we'd be glad to have you. Perhaps we can talk briefly via Skype sometime and/or there will be a Webinar to further introduce the projects on Friday 26 March. We're already mid project right now, but we'll be happy to work with you when we have schools ready to run the project again. See http://www.stevens.edu/ciese/sage for more info about the webinar. Thanks for your interest! -Dave
Comment by Mark Morelli on March 19, 2010 at 12:23am
We live and teach in the Sonora Desert in Northern Mexico. We teach in both English and Spanish to encourage development of water conservation and production of fresh water. We are a Mexican NGO with more than a thousand students interested in our projects. Dave, do we fit?

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