STEM Workshop and Water Infrastructure Installation
This orphanage is located in the Andes Mountains near Vicuna, Chile and operated by Vocations for Orphans (VFO). Their goal is to provide a home and useful trade skills to orphans who have aged out of urban orphanages (13+ years old). SDSM&T’s Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA) will continue improving the orphanage’s infrastructure by maintaining and installing two water purification systems, solar cookers, a solar water heater, a water storage tank, and a greywater system. The ESA team will also conduct academic lessons throughout their stay focused on engineering principles, such as material strengths, fluid pressure, and harnessing solar energy.
Yes, this won an award too.
Usme Landslide Mitigation & Rainwater Harvesting
The two projects are: 1) a geotechnical survey and slope failure analysis of an active landslide area and 2) a rainwater harvesting pilot project to create several repeatable designs for the 300,000 homes in the Usme district of Bogotá, Colombia. These two projects blend well with each other and impact a deserving community. For example, a solution to decrease the landslide activity is to drain groundwater from the
mountainside, which could be combined with the rainwater for a large volume of usable greywater. Overall, the project teams plan is to create construction manuals for landslide mitigation structures and rainwater harvesting systems.
The goal of this project is to redesign a recreational vehicle to act as an adaptable tool trailer capable of expanding into a workspace, creating a mobile construction site that could be relocated to the site of a natural disaster. The trailer will also serve as a design studio for both individual and community design, fostering a collective knowledge and collaborative learning environment. As a third function, the trailer will serve as a micro living unit, which must be aesthetically pleasing as an illustration of what can be adopted by others as a comfortable and efficient living environment.
Here’s an idea to get people to go green.
You can see more at this link on YouTube.