Measuring The Impacts Of Project Based Service Learning

  title={Measuring The Impacts Of Project Based Service Learning},
  author={Angela R. Bielefeldt and Kurt Paterson and Chris Swan},
Project-based service learning (PBSL) has become an emergent opportunity for engineering education. In this paper both curricular and co-curricular/extracurricular community service activities related to engineering will be described. In this field there are a number of national programs, for example EPICS, Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World, as well as university-specific opportunities. Student interest and involvement in these programs has been explosive. Yet… 

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