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Service Learning and Appropedia


A presentation on my service learning, engineering courses and leveraging Appropedia to the Humboldt State University Business Partners Steering Committee Meeting.

A presentation on my service learning, engineering courses and leveraging Appropedia to the Humboldt State University Business Partners Steering Committee Meeting.

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  • http://www.ijsle.orghttp://eco-hostel.orghttp://dyfference.orghttp://appropedia.org
  • See and more.
  • See more.Projects:Be a real, hands-on, open design problem that works towards a better world.Allow students to take part in all parts of the design process.Clients:Make a minimum commitment of time, effort and money. Student teams (of 3 or 4 students):Spend approximates 180 hours per team.Spend a maximum of $75/student.Write an approximately 50 page technical paperOther Coursework:Peer evaluation, Teamwork, Ethics, MS Excel, MS Word, AutoCAD, Time Management, Gantt charts, Project Management, Wiki, etc.
  • Front page of Google for these (and over 100 other) search terms. [as of October 2009]
  • The Language Educator


  • 1. Lonny Grafman, InstructorEnvironmental Resources Engineering
  • 2. Service Learning Engineering Courses
    ENGR114: Whole Earth Engineering
    Examples, Hands on & Discussion
    ENGR215: Introduction to Design
    Design Process & Technical Writing
    ENGR305: Appropriate Technology
    Science, How To & Qualitative Analysis
    ENGR308: Tech. and the Environment
    Technology, Excel & Quantitative Analysis
    Parras Summer Program
    Full immersion summer in Mexico
  • 3. ENGR215: Introduction to Design
    Hands on
    All parts of an open design process
    Works towards a better world
    Time • Effort • Money
    Student teams (of 3 or 4 students):
    Time • Effort • Money
    Other Coursework:
    Time managment, Team work, Technical writing, ACAD, Office, Project management
  • 4. ENGR215: Discovery Museum S06, S08
    Service Learning Video
  • 5. ENGR215: Redwood Coast Energy Authority F05, S07
  • 6. ENGR215: Full Belly Project F08
  • 7. ENGR215: Full Belly Project F08
  • 8. ENGR215: WaterpodS09
  • 9. ENGR215: WaterpodS09
    Shown on almost every major news channel and many publications, including the New York Times and North Coast Journal. Nature Magazine mentioned HSU and Engr215 Projects last month.
  • 10. ENGR308: Technology and the Environment
    Current Clients:
    • Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
    • 11. Danco
    • 12. Redwood Coast Energy Authority
    • 13. Greenway Partners
  • Parras: Summer Immersion
  • 14. On Wheels
    Reinventing the Wheel
    Spinning Wheels
  • 15. ENGR305: Appropriate Technology
    Small sample of 305 projects:
    • Solar food dehydrator
    • 16. Solar lawnmower
    • 17. Bike trailer backpack
    • 18. Eureka rainwater
    • 19. Arcata greywater, Ecuador greywater
    • 20. Hotel solar pool heating
    • 21. Curdled milk paint
    • 22. Photovoltaic feasibility study
  • How Other Courses are Using Appropedia
    To document existing projects
    • Potawot, Arcata Marsh (HSU - Poppendieck)
    To coordinate projects
    • Retrofit Streetlights in Pennsylvania (Clarion Univ.)
    To collaboratively research
    • Green Materials (Queens College - Canada)
    To document own project designs
    • Int’l Development Design Summit (MIT)
    To translate
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  • Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation
  • 23. More than Academia
    A Few Partners:
    • Village Earth
    • 24. Architecture for Humanity
    • 25. Engineers without Borders – Australia
    Vibrant Community:
    • Thousands of visits a day
    • 26. 77 thousand edits to date
    • 27. 11 million page views to date
  • Appropedia in Other Media
    Recent book – Citizen Engineer:
    • Many excellent books and articles discuss natural resource usage and sustainability; we recommend that you visit Appropedia for an overview of key considerations and recent engineering community insights.
    Planet Green Discovery from Yesterday:
    • The absolute best resource that I've found for appropriate technology….
  • Questions?
    Thank you!