Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning involving partnerships between academic courses and community-based organizations. Through these partnerships, students engage in hands-on service roles and projects by which they learn about and apply course concepts while intentionally addressing the needs/interests identified by community partners.

Center for STEM Education

The Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University seeks to build and support a community of educators, researchers, and students, with the collective goal of strengthening the K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational pipeline in Greater Boston and across the nation.  By consolidating and coordinating existing outreach programs and by creating new ones that will have a significant impact on the STEM pipeline, STEM teaching and learning in GK-16, GK-12 STEM outreach, and STEM Education Research, this Center aims to solidify Northeastern University’s role as a major contributor to the improvement of K-16 Education in Boston and the state of Massachusetts.

Below are some examples of COE student service learning projects:

  • Global Problems including Lack of Resources or Natural Disasters
    • Alternative cooking methods for food
    • Hot water heating system that uses recycled materials and installed in stages
    • Preventing Disease Transmission
    • Is the World Overpopulated?
    • Transformer Shelters for Homeless
    • Mobile Units for Different Disaster Types
  • Energy Conservations and Generation
    • Electricity Monitoring and Conservation System
    • Self Sustaining Private Energy Generation
  • Residential/Housing Problems
    • Residential composter
    • Single family home
  • Environmental Concerns or Problems
    • Charles River Cleanup
    • Trash Disposal and Recycling
    • Method of Managing many Used Bottles at Restaurants
    • Stop buying Bottled Water
  • Urban Problems or Issues
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Safe Parks, Green Lights
    • Affordable Transportation,
    • Rain Water Collection, Management, and Dispersion System
    • Urban wind electric generators
    • Campus battery recycling
  • Problems concerning Handicapped/Disabled/Health problems
    • Supermarket modifications for handicapped shoppers
    • A system to enable people requiring minimal medical supervision to remain at home instead of being confined to a care facility
    • Cost-Effective Transportation for Handicapped People Across the Country
    • Wearable Device for Health Monitoring and Alert
    • Weight Shifts During Bed Rest for Para/Quadriplegics or Effectively Immobilized People.
    • Handicap Access
    • Transferring Disabled or Saving Beached-Stranded Marine Life
  • Problems concerning Children and Child Care and Safety
    • Safe street-crossing method for children walking to school
    • Safe Walking for Groups of Very Young Children
    • Child Protection System
    • Individual Entertainment System for Hospitalized Children
  • Other Problems
    • Clean and Green Restroom Routine
    • Portis Family House Playground Design
    • Device for Preventing Voice Damage
    • Engineered Methods to Expand Capabilities of Service Dogs