This cultural exchange program includes two tracks – one for high school students and one for undergraduate students – that engage participants in the engineering design process over several weeks as they work together in teams designing innovative solutions to healthcare challenges in low-resource settings.
With the guidance of an experienced mentor, teams collaborate virtually, synchronously (live) and asynchronously, to complete design projects which address health challenges in low- and middle-income countries. For example, a team might design solar-powered infant warming technology for premature births in a rural setting. Each team delivers a final presentation that describes the health challenge and demonstrates their design solution. Throughout the process, students gain skills in engineering design, innovation, and cross-cultural communication, as well as engage with a global network of STEM students and professionals.
- Number of Participants: 360
- Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12; Undergraduate
- Partners in the United States: Indiana– Rose Hulman Institute of Technology; New York – The Opportunity Network; North Carolina – NCSU Engineering Place, Triad Math and Science Academy
- Partners in the Middle East and North Africa: Jordan – Un Pointe Per; Lebanon – Notre Dame University, Mtein Official Technical School
- Project Duration: April 2021– June 2022