On Thursday night, the Education team attended the Dartmouth Middle School STEM Fair. SCU EWB joined many other student groups and professional organizations from the Bay Area in the hopes of teaching middle and high school students about some of the many applications of STEM. We discussed our tile press and clay mixer project with students and teachers, and brought along a 3D printed model of our tile press. We were excited to show students the possibility of applying engineering knowledge to help communities around the world.
Each General Meeting the Education Team gives a short presentation on an individual in the Nyange community. If you missed the meeting this week we've provided a summary below:
Vedaste, age 51, has four kids and is the president of the Tile Co-op. During our time with him he made a point of mentioning that he is quite proud of his name. He has a scar on his stomach, something we originally thought was due to inferior water quality, which was the result of extreme malnutrition. At one point Vedaste was so underfed that his intestines began eating at themselves and he was forced to undergo surgery, an expensive and somewhat unhygienic procedure in rural Rwanda. And he is not unique in his mal/undernutrion--pretty much the entire village is underfed. Yet seeing the specific example of Vedaste helps drive home both the importance and the urgency of our projects on Rwanda.
This is the Santa Clara Chapter of EWB's page for posting about upcoming meetings and events. Come here to see what we have been doing and what is to come!
Weekly Meetings: Even weeks, Wednesdays at 7:30pm in EC602