Civil Engineering Students Adopt Children's Project

by Richard J. Scranton, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Northeastern Univ., Boston, Mass.,
Michael Kepferman, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Northeastern Univ., Boston, Mass.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 11, Pg. 38-43

Document Type: Feature article


While implementing their philosophy of uniting Student Chapter activities and community service, Members of the Northeastern University ASCE Student Chapter have planned, designed, financed, and constructed a $34,000 Coordination and Sensitivity Development Area for Blind Children at the Boston Center for Blind Children in Boston, Mass. In collaboration with the Boston Center Staff, students first determined the physical and emotional needs of the multi-handicapped, visually impaired children at the Center and then designed and constructed innovative outdoor equipment that would serve their needs. The students prepared a fund-raising brochure to use as a calling card when approaching potential supporters, and ultimately raised $18,000 in cash, materials and services to assure completion of the project. The facility was dedicated on August 19, 1977. The students, who volunteered their efforts, experienced an added dimension to their civil engineering education.

Subject Headings: Students | Engineering education | Colleges and universities | Human factors | High-rise buildings | Innovation | Equipment and machinery | Volunteerism | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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