Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS)

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

IDEASS is a service-learning program designed to empower students as change agents to face challenges of the 21st century. IDEASS takes a hands-on approach to solution-driven collaboration, drawing from multiple disciplines to produce projects that combine cutting-edge technology with responsiveness to the social, ecological, and economic issues of our time.

IDEASS Students at Zero Motocycles

How It Works

In this yearlong upper-division course, students work together in teams with professional mentors to design and implement a project related to sustainability. IDEASS gives students a hands-on introduction to potential career paths in the growing green-tech economy leading to many alumni being offered jobs in fields related to their projects when they graduate. At the same time, students are able to fulfill their senior exit credit for an array of majors, including Environmental Studies. For students in the new Sustainability Studies minor offered through College 8, IDEASS is now the senior capstone course. 

Keywords: academic year; service learning; credit; STEM; sustainability; community; engineering; cap-stone

Contact: Tamara Ball

Location: 
On-campus
Off-campus
Targeted Students: 
Any student is welcome to apply, though priority is for Juniors and Seniors. Engineering majors need a separate applications. Physical and Biological Science majors are especially encouraged to apply. There is also the opportunity for students in the Arts (Film and Digital Media) to be involved to document the projects.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Compensation: 
Academic Credit
Application Deadline: 
Contact the program for more information.
Year Began: 
2010
Contact: 
Tamara Ball
Contact Title: 
IDEAAS Program Director
Contact Email: 
ideass@ucsc.edu
Program Outcomes: 

IDEASS students develop project objectives within their areas of interest cooperatively with community mentors and experts in the field. Community and industry partners benefit from collaboration with motivated students who have been carefully selected for participation in IDEASS. These student-led teams, guided by a group of four UCSC IDEASS academic advisors have a strong reputation for on-time deliverables that fulfill some objective known to be important to major stakeholders. Projects usually focus on sustainable technologies and practices in the built environment, such as energy, water, food, transportation and waste. Depending on student experience and partners’ needs, projects may use any number of approaches to address environmental concerns, such as technological innovation, education and behavior change, participatory research, policy planning, and other modes of sustainable design.

Reports/Articles/Videos: 

Take a look at some of our past projects here for more information.

Major(s): 
Anthropology
Applied Physics
Art
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Bioinformatics
Biology
Business Management Economics
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Cognitive Science
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Evolution
Economics
Education and Teaching
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Feminist Studies
Field and Exchange
Film and Digital Media
German Studies
Global Economics
History
History of Art and Visual Culture
Human Biology
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Language Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Legal Studies
Linguistics
Literature
Marine Biology
Mathematics
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physics
Physics (Astrophysics)
Physics Education
Plant Sciences
Politics
Prelaw
Premedicine
Psychology
Robotics Engineering
Sociology
Technology and Information Management
Writing

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