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ERIC Number: EJ887808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
The Systems and Global Engineering Project
Harms, Henry; Janosz, David A., Jr.; Maietta, Steve
Technology Teacher, v69 n6 p25-27 Mar 2010
This article describes the Systems and Global Engineering (SAGE) Project in which students collaborate with others from around the world to model solutions to some of today's most significant global problems. Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA) have teamed up to develop innovative instructional materials during the three-year SAGE project. During the spring and early summer of 2008, Stevens faculty and staff worked with six NJTEA lead teachers to develop instructional modules focusing on global sustainability. Each module is designed to engage students in developing innovative solutions to problems of global significance. In the "Biodynamic Farming" module, students are challenged to design and operate a system that combines hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and aquaculture (fish farming) to produce food. The "Home Lighting" module is based upon the integration of LED and solar technologies to produce safe and cost-effective lighting for use in homes that do not have access to the electric grid. More than two billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. Students participating in the "Water Purification" module develop an understanding of this problem and are challenged to develop model systems to meet the needs of people in specific communities. One additional module, "Introduction to Core Concepts of Systems Engineering," was developed and designed to be used by all participating schools prior to the content-specific modules. In this module, students learn about systems and systems engineering as they reverse-engineer a common device such as a single-use camera that contains both electrical and mechanical components. Schools electronically swap reassembly instructions and diagrams and attempt to reconstruct the device.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey