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 Summer of 2014, there is one section with a single option:
Section 33871, W at 8:30 - (Whitman) EB122 - Projects: Summer Camp - you must select ONE summer camp (either AM or PM) and volunteer for the entire week.
Syllabus for the class.
For Fall 2014, there are three (one is online) offerings of the class:
Please note the projects in each section:
Section 14585, T at 2:00 - (Whitman) EB122 - 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 (as available) - 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.
- BEST Robotics Mentoring - Students will volunteer to assist a middle/high school team in designing, building and executing a robot to compete in the BEST
competition. These students will meet approximately once a week at the school.
- Mueller Elementary School (as available) - 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
Section 14927, R at 4:10 - (Reynolds) EB122 - LEGO course building only.
Section 16106, Internet Only - (Mason) same projects as 14585