Service Learning

Service Learning is a form of experiential learning involving partnerships between academic courses and community-based organizations. Through these partnerships, students engage in hands-on service roles and projects by which they learn about and apply course concepts while intentionally addressing the needs/interests identified by community partners. The college and university offer opportunities. Here are just a few examples of some engineering projects students have participated in.

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First Year Engineering students in their Corner Stone course who are part of the robotics community outreach program.
Students participate in a service learning option as part of the Cornerstone for Engineering class for freshmen led by Susan Freeman, director of First Year Engineering and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Students visit 14 local after-school programs in the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester each week, teaching robotics to middle school students.

Sustainability Exhibit at the Museum of Science

Engineering first year students show a sustainability exhibit at the Museum of Science

Associate Teaching Professor Kathryn Schulte Grahame’s First-Year Cornerstone Engineering students partnered with the Museum of Science to create interactive games that would educate children on sustainability.

Enabling Engineering

Student works to adapt a guitar to enable a person to play a guitar with limited movement on one side of their body.

Student Yajing Wang works on the Adaptive Guitar project in the Enabling Engineering Lab in Hayden Hall. The project will help a client who has limited use of the left side of the body play guitar.

Trip to St. Paul's Hospital in Ethiopia

student on trip in Ethiopia working at St. Paul's Hospital

Bioengineering students traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for two weeks to work with biomedical technicians at St Paul’s hospital.

Capstone Project

Civil engineering seniors studied the layout of the Center of the Town of Wrentham, Massachusetts, to develop a new design to better serve pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike.