EWB Challenge Aims and Objectives
EWB aims to expand the dimensions of experience for engineers and engineering students through education and awareness raising activities focused on sustainable development, appropriate technology and poverty alleviation. To increase understanding of these issues, EWB is committed to working with universities, professional associations, schools and industry.
The objective of the EWB Challenge is to actively engage first-year university students in team-based design on sustainable development projects. The program will help ensure that new university students are inspired and motivated by their 'first year engineering experience', producing more effective educational outcomes through exposure to holistic design.
Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief will be based on a sustainable development project from EWB's growing list of past and present programs. Some example projects include: water supply and quality, sanitation, waste water management, solid waste management, energy supply, flood mitigation and infrastructure development.
Of note, the use of first year engineering experiences in many universities around the world has been demonstrated to improve student pass, retention and graduation rates. At the same time, they provide an excellent tool for developing many of the graduate attributes espoused as desirable by accreditation bodies such as Engineers Australia. The team based approach caters for a range of learning styles and diversity in the student cohort. References for teachers are provided on the EWB Challenge website.