Community-scale and research-based integrated education experience
- The building industry is moving towards increased use of data-driven methods for designing, building, and operating sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. The adoption of these methods requires technologically skilled employees and education programs for these skills. The purpose of this thesis is to show that by aligning community, education, and industry stakeholders, a data-driven, project-based education platform can be developed that creates a pathway for generating such employees and a platform for investigating building energy efficiency and sustainability. The methodology for developing this project-based education platform hinges on partnering with stakeholders from community organizations, education, building operations, building energy efficiency, and construction. I approached the development of the education platform from my standing as researcher in civil and environmental engineering. In order to integrate industry and academia, I partnered with stakeholders who represent construction trades and K-12 education. Together we laid the groundwork for leveraging school district green energy facility projects funded by California Proposition 39 to build an education platform that follows the facilities project process. Through the last two decades of work from Stanford University's Project Based Learning (PBL) Lab, adoption of PBL created an environment for learning-by-doing in which students from different schools and countries successfully apply classroom knowledge to solve real world design problems, become student mentors, and interact with industry. Additionally, the K-12 collaborators to this thesis project have started using PBL. I have planned course modules leveraging Project Based Learning (PBL) to enable multiple levels of education to collaborate within one course. Then, I began partnering with local K-12 teachers to develop the core of the education platform: a building energy efficiency and sustainability course module. These partnerships with the construction trades, K-12 educators, and affiliated education programs are presently ongoing. Overall, this thesis presents an education platform that (1) uses a real building to teach energy efficient building design and operation and (2) partners students with industry. The presented platform integrates students from the secondary, apprentice, undergraduate, and graduate levels. This platform targets underrepresented communities where environmental justice is an everyday reality, college is often an unrealized path, and opportunities in the construction industry are a pathway to financial security.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|Degree committee member
|Fischer, Martin, 1960 July 11-
|Fischer, Martin, 1960 July 11-
|Stanford University, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.
|Statement of responsibility
|Submitted to the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.
|Thesis Engineering Stanford University 2019.
- © 2019 by Sergio Tarantino
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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