Schools: Engineering for a Cause
V-LINC provides innovative way to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into high school and college curriculums. We work first with the engineering instructor(s) at each school to design a special project to help someone with a disability and to fit it into their curriculum. The project has a real client and there is not yet a solution to the client’s needs. Our method serves a twofold purpose:
It inspires students to use engineering skills to benefit real people and their community.
It brings custom solutions to adults and children with disabilities when nothing else works.
V-LINC partners with about a dozen engineering teams each semester, ranging from high school class projects to university capstone projects. Students are assigned a real-life challenge to solve for someone with a disability. Teams navigate through each of the steps all engineers follow. Each group also meets with their client to understand the client’s needs first. One of the most rewarding parts is the final delivery to the V-LINC client!
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 too.
If you would like to incorporate a V-LINC project into your school's curriculum and help your students "engineer for a cause," please contact Angela Tyler.
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’s Internship Program
- UMBC (Capstone)
- United States Naval Academy (Capstone)