D-Lab/International Design

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D-Lab: Design (EC.720J/ 2.722)

Addresses problems faced by underserved communities with a focus on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes. Particular attention placed on constraints faced when designing for developing countries. Multidisciplinary teams work on long-term projects in collaboration with community partners, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Topics covered include design for affordability, manufacture, sustainability, and strategies for working effectively with community partners and customers. Students may continue projects begun in EC.701.

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D-Lab: Development

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Recitation sections focus on specific project implementation, and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the target countries as well as an introduction to the local languages.

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D-Lab: Development

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Recitation sections focus on specific project implementation, and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the target countries as well as an introduction to the local languages.

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D-Lab: Disseminating Water/Environment, Sanitation, and Hygiene Innovations for the Common Good

Focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition.

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D-Lab: Earth

Multidisciplinary seminar that explores the dynamic nexus connecting natural resources, global biodiversity, and human well-being. Includes guest lectures, experiential activities and projects. Covers topics such as reforestation, poaching, eco-tourism, ecological sensing, and governance. Develops skills in cross-cultural engagement, ecological measurement, and sustainable technology or value chain design. Potential opportunities for travel.

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D-Lab: Education & Learning (G)

Explores education in learning environments around the world that are hindered by challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy. Through an overview of core teaching skills that emphasize experiential and project-based learning, class provides the necessary background to nurture creativity in youth and develop methods of fostering design thinking, leadership, community, livelihood applications, and more.

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D-Lab: Education & Learning (U)

Explores education in learning environments around the world that are hindered by challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy. Through an overview of core teaching skills that emphasize experiential and project-based learning, class provides the necessary background to nurture creativity in youth and develop methods of fostering design thinking, leadership, community, livelihood applications, and more.

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D-Lab: Energy (G)

Provides a project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of alternative energy technology in developing countries. Focuses on compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating electrical power. Includes projects such as micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity for an optional spring break site visit to identify and implement projects. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

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D-Lab: Energy (U)

Provides a project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of alternative energy technology in developing countries. Focuses on compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating electrical power. Includes projects such as micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity for an optional spring break site visit to identify and implement projects. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

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D-Lab: Field Research (G)

Combines hands-on methods for conducting field research with exploration of questions that continue to challenge practitioners, donors, policymakers and researchers in international development. Designed for students preparing to conduct field-based research for theses, product design project, or development ventures. Practices key research skills particularly applicable to conducting research involving people and communities in the context of development. Limited to 16.

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