Developing Sustainable, Mutually Collaborative, Global Partnerships
2021 WORLD ENGINEERING EDUCATION FORUM/GLOBAL ENGINEERING DEANS COUNCIL (WEEF/GEDC), pp. 82–87.
We examine partnerships between a United States university and K-12 schools in Rwanda. Our program uses an engineering-outreach model to qualitatively explore global student experiences and through collaborative efforts, how integration and dissemination of knowledge has occurred. The developed educational model emphasizes problem-solving and critical-thinking over sophisticated materials. The national curriculum aligned activities are designed to be accessible to classrooms with limited resources. Through this multi-year partnership, our team derived a series of lessons learned regarding contextualized diversity, culturally situated learning, and pathways for sustained mentorships.