Sustainability, Development, and Design (1 or 2 credits)
Course Description: This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable design. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing environmental challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine some of the major challenges driving the need for environmentally and socially sustainable engineering, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? Using a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures, we will combine your NSLC field trips and workshops with in-class discussions about the challenges of studying and practicing engineering in the 21st century world.
Note: This course is open to rising high school juniors and seniors.