Over the summer, BU STEAM partnered with the Boston University chapter of Engineers Without Borders to help them develop educational materials for their travels to their community in Naluja, Zambia to implement new technologies. We ended up creating a flyer about fly contamination which communicated the importance of good sanitation practices: flycontaminationflyer
Heading into the Fall semester, EWB created an Education Team, a subgroup solely dedicated to creating educational materials that would help ensure the sustainability of their new technologies in Naluja. Julia is co-leading this team with Carolyn from EWB, which strengthens our partnership with EWB and makes for an exciting collaboration of thinking about the creative design process in relation to engineering. Katie found a great quote by Ellis P. Torrance that I’ll include here – the connection between the creative and engineering processes is made quite clear, which is exactly the motivation behind STEAM!
“Creativity is the process of sensing difficulties, problems, gaps in information, missing elements, something askew; making guesses and formulating hypothesis; possibly revising and retesting them; and finally communicating the results.”
This semester, we’ve been working on creating a construction manual for biosand filters, as well as designing operations and maintenance (O+M) manuals for VIP (Ventilated Improved Pit) latrines. More to come on this front!
This past weekend, the Boston University chapter of EWB (Engineers Without Borders) hosted the annual Northeast Regional Conference and were kind enough to allow us to host a workshop! This morning, we held an interactive session in which we discussed effective strategies for creating sustainable educational materials. Participants learned about the importance of cultural relevance as it relates specifically to educational materials and the effective communication of information, and were provided with some concrete design tips. They worked in groups to draft educational flyers and posters about the importance of good sanitation practices, and presented them at the conclusion of the workshop with some feedback from other participants.
Our hand-out is attached here: nerc-presentation-hand-out
Many thanks to EWB-BU for their support – we look forward to seeing this partnership grow in the coming years!
Hard at work creating educational materials!
One of the lovely inter-chapter groups presenting their poster
The poster Katie, Alyssa, and I pulled together in <30 min during the workshop – not too shabby! (Have to give most of the credit to Katie for her insane artistic abilities)