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Engineering Service Learning - Choluteca

From the ECOS (Engineers for Community Service) website:

Choluteca, a city in southern Honduras, is home to over 150,000 Hondurans. In 2005, ECOS launched an engineering service-learning program with Ohio State alumni Larry and Angie Overholt. The service-learning program in Choluteca was designed to introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering and to drive students to use resources, knowledge, and skills learned throughout their education in a practical, real-world experience.

The service-learning program with Choluteca is a constantly evolving project from year to year as students build upon past projects and information while creating new innovative solutions. Some past projects include:

  • Building an aquaponics system that produces both fish and vegetables for the community
  • Implement two solar-powered systems in conjunction with the aquaponics system
  • Test two alternative electrical power systems (wind generator and bicycle powered battery charger)
  • Analyzing and developing housing structure improvements and cost-effective housing alternatives


The service-learning program consists of two parts. The first is a three credit-hour class taught during Spring Semester where students will study and research various issues and solutions relative to their project. The second part consists of a three credit-hour study abroad trip to Choluteca during the "Maymester" session.

For more information about the service-learning program in Choluteca, visit the OIA Study Abroad website.

All past documents are available below:

 Year      Final Documentation  Presentation
2010  Initial Assessment of Choluteca - PDF  
2011  Aquaponics Documentation - PDF  Aquaponics Presentation - PDF
2011  Model Home Documentation - Word  Model Home Presentation - Powerpoint
2011  Computer Team Documentation - Word  Computer Team Presentation - Powerpoint
2011  El Sembrador Assessment - Word  
2012  Aquaponics Documentation - Word  Aquaponics Presentation - Word
2012  Wind Generator Documentation - Word  Wind Generator Presentation - Word
2012  Bicycle Generator Documentation - PDF  Bicycle Generator Presentation - Powerpoint
2013  Bicycle and Wind Generators Documentation - Word  Bicycle and Wind Generators Presentation - Powerpoint
2013  Aquaponics Documentation - Word  Aquaponics Presentation - Powerpoint
2013  Seed Storage Documentation - Word  Seed Storage Presentation - Powerpoint
2013  Smokeless Stove Documentation - Word  Smokeless Stove Presentation - Powerpoint
2014  Mechanical Nebulizer Documentation - PDF  Mechanical Nebulizer Presentation - Powerpoint
2014  Clean Water Initiative Documentation - PDF

 Clean Water Initiative Presentation - Powerpoint

2014

 Solar Power Generator Documentation - PDF  Solar Power Generator Presentation - Powerpoint
2015  Mobile Health (Salud Movil) Documentation - PDF  Mobile Health (Salud Movil) Presentation - PDF
2015  Clean Water Initiative Documentation - PDF  Clear Water Initiative Presentation - PDF
2015  Insulin Cooling (Project Frio) Documentation - PDF  Insulin Cooling (Project Frio) Presentation - PDF