Schools: Engineering for a Cause

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V-LINC provides an innovative way to motivate high school and college technology and engineering students to learn all the skills needed to be a professional engineer.  V-LINC partners with ten to twelve engineering teams each semester, ranging from high school class endeavors to university capstone projects.  Students are assigned a real-life challenge to solve for someone with a disability. 

Teams navigate through all the steps in the engineering process with the support of their instructors and V-LINC professional engineer liaisons. V-LINC assigns a V-LINC volunteer engineer who offers consultation and resources.  Throughout this process, students are required to give regular presentations to a panel of engineers, thus sharpening their presentation skills and receiving valuable professional feedback. 

We meet with the engineering instructor(s) at a school first to design a special project to help someone with a disability and to fit the project into the school's curriculum.  Our method serves to:

  1. Inspire students to learn and use engineering skills to benefit real people and their community.

  2. Deliver custom solutions to adults and children with disabilities when nothing else works.

  3. Increase student comfort level with navigating the competing demands of a real life client and engineering peer review requirements. 

Recent School Partnerships:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - JHU and UMBC Chapters

  • CCBC Essex campus

  • CCBC Catonsville campus

  • Dulaney High School

  • Harford Community College

  • Howard Community College

  • Parkville High School

  • PennAir – Company Internship Program

  • UMBC (Capstone)

  • United States Naval Academy (Capstone)

If you would like to incorporate a V-LINC project into your school's curriculum and help your students "engineer for a cause," please complete and submit the form below.  

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