General information about Service Learning at WSU CoE
Service learning in engineering is 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 will be project based with reflections. The project will be identified by
the student and could be mentoring or leading a team of students in an engineering service effort.
(From the Engineer of 2020 College Report) Service learning is broadly defined by the following:
- It is an educational experience that is course-based and credit-bearing.
- Is 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.
- It includes 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).
- A Community is broadly defined and opportunities for service can address a wide variety of community needs.
To satisfy the curricular requirements of Service Learning, each student will complete one of the following:
1. A project that meets the criteria of service learning as a semi-major component of a one-semester, for-credit existing course. For example, two existing
courses that could have service learning options are Engineering 101 and the Senior Project. Note: The senior project OR ENGR101 project must be approved
PRIOR to the class - not all (in fact not many) projects are acceptable for Service Learning credit.
2. A one-semester, for-credit Independent Study course that meets the criteria of service learning. Each student will enroll in the Independent Study course
of their major, and will work in multidisciplinary, cross-College teams. Each student will have a faculty mentor from their home department. Note: The
senior project OR ENGR101 project must be approved PRIOR to the class.
3. ENGR202 - Service Learning in Engineering - This class is offered most semesters and, upon successful completion of the
class, will fulfill the Engineer of 2020 requirements for Service Learning.
For Spring 2014, there are three (one is online) offerings of the class:
Please note the projects in each section:
Section 25223, T at 2:00 - (Whitman) WH122 - Projects: various
SEEDS - Students will assist in two Saturday events helping garner middle school student interest in engineering. Then,
the service learning students will develop (in a team of two) and host a new SEEDS event on a Saturday. More about SEEDS may be found at the SEEDS webpage.
Airbus Flying Challenge - Students will go to a local school to mentor elementary/middle school students with an Airbus
engineer. These students will meet approximately once a week at the school.
- LEGO Robotics Mentoring - Students will volunteer to assist a middle school team in designing, building and executing a LEGO Robot to accomplish the
Apprentice Missions. These students will meet approximately once a week at the school.
- Mueller Elementary School - Students will mentor students from kindergarten-fifth grade twice a week for 6-8 weeks. They will work with students on
engineering, science and math class projects. The service learning students will choose the meeting days/times and grade level from the available options.
Section 25228, R at 9:40 - (Reynolds) WH210 - LEGO and Mueller only.
Section 25227, Internet Only - (Mason) same projects as 25223