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Teaching engineering, teamwork and tolerance by bringing multi-discipline, multi-cultural students together via a project of common interest: vertical, hydroponic, smart garden with global and universal (space) applications

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Ruiz-Carpio, Miguel Rafael (main author), Safai, Cyrus (author), Djobo, Arafat (author), Gaichuk, Ivan (author), Safai, Nick M. (author)
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
attitudes, colleges, education effects, educational media, educational methods, farming methods, intercultural communication, intercultural programs, international communication, student attitudes, students, teaching methods, precision farming, ethnic factors, water conservation, food production, teamwork, experiential learning, smart agriculture, hydroponic, vertical farming
Poster/paper published in proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference and exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. 2018, pages 1-15., Motivating, promoting interest in teaching engineering subjects is always a challenge for undergraduate engineering students especially for junior and lower level students. This approach also brought social awareness to members of the group, as well as tolerance and responsibility. It also emphasized to the students a tolerant and an open-minded world, now and forevermore. A group of multinational, multicultural undergraduate students at Salt Lake Community College, majoring in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer engineering are working on a project involving vertical farming, hydroponic watering, and making the plant growing process smart. Food and its availability is of major concern in all nations, especially the underdeveloped communities. Students get exposed to different engineering disciplines, and learn how to work in a multicultural team and become socially responsible in an ever increasing connected world. Each student also becomes a teacher to other students at times discussing his specialty and field of engineering.