Sustainable Development Conference Abstract

4/17/2019 9:34:00 AM   BajaSAE Series

Approaches in Educating University Students in Sustainable Development

The main objective of this session is to provide a survey of the different ways in which university students can be educated towards the goal of sustainability. Actual case studies will be discussed.

Engineering students need to be educated to consider and use strategies for sustainable development. Furthermore, students are motivated when learning about relevant global topics. When motivated they become self-learners, rising above the level of education normally found in the classroom.

Another way to motivate students is through competition. Several university-level competitions offer students the chance to learn about sustainable development while preparing to compete against other teams from throughout the world. For example, SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) offers transportation related collegiate design competitions. These competitions include the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, where students are tasked with the development of cleaner, quieter, and more fuel efficient snowmobiles for recreation and business use. Another challenge, the Formula SAE competition, has students develop race vehicles which compete using high-blend bioethanol fuel.

These competitions and other strategies used to educate University students about sustainable engineering and development will be presented.

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