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Capturing the student learnings from the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The Solar Decathlon is an international competition organised by the U.S. Department of

    Energy (USDoE) in collaboration with local hosts (McCarthy, Banfield, Baghi, Faidutti, &

    McDowell, 2018). It requires university teams to design, build and operate sustainable, stylish

    and cost effective solar powered net-zero energy homes (United States Department of Energy,

    2019). In 2016, the University of Wollongong (UOW) entered the Solar Decathlon Middle East

    2018 (SDME). This competition integrated local and regional Middle Eastern characteristics,

    whilst promoting sustainable and innovative concepts which could be beneficial to all people.

    The UOW team’s aim was to construct a sustainably designed house which celebrated human

    life in all its diversity, placing a strong emphasis on designing for those living with dementia

    (Team UOW, 2019). The Solar Decathlon has been described as an intensive and immersive

    authentic learning experience in a multidisciplinary setting, which encourages students to apply

    theoretical knowledge learnt, whilst simultaneously developing essential professional and

    personal skills (Ortegon, 2016).

    This study captures some of the learning outcomes and personal development of Team UOW

    students who participated in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. These outcomes are

    explored against the University of Wollongong's Course Learning Outcomes for a Bachelor of

    Engineering (Honours) and Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competencies.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Nero, A., McCarthy, T., Ryan, E., & McDowell, C. (2019). Capturing the student learnings from the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. In 0th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 762). Brisbane: Engineers Australia.

Web Of Science Accession Number


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 762

End Page


  • 762

Place Of Publication


  • Brisbane

Abstract


  • The Solar Decathlon is an international competition organised by the U.S. Department of

    Energy (USDoE) in collaboration with local hosts (McCarthy, Banfield, Baghi, Faidutti, &

    McDowell, 2018). It requires university teams to design, build and operate sustainable, stylish

    and cost effective solar powered net-zero energy homes (United States Department of Energy,

    2019). In 2016, the University of Wollongong (UOW) entered the Solar Decathlon Middle East

    2018 (SDME). This competition integrated local and regional Middle Eastern characteristics,

    whilst promoting sustainable and innovative concepts which could be beneficial to all people.

    The UOW team’s aim was to construct a sustainably designed house which celebrated human

    life in all its diversity, placing a strong emphasis on designing for those living with dementia

    (Team UOW, 2019). The Solar Decathlon has been described as an intensive and immersive

    authentic learning experience in a multidisciplinary setting, which encourages students to apply

    theoretical knowledge learnt, whilst simultaneously developing essential professional and

    personal skills (Ortegon, 2016).

    This study captures some of the learning outcomes and personal development of Team UOW

    students who participated in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. These outcomes are

    explored against the University of Wollongong's Course Learning Outcomes for a Bachelor of

    Engineering (Honours) and Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competencies.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Nero, A., McCarthy, T., Ryan, E., & McDowell, C. (2019). Capturing the student learnings from the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. In 0th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 762). Brisbane: Engineers Australia.

Web Of Science Accession Number


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 762

End Page


  • 762

Place Of Publication


  • Brisbane