Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service

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Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (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.
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 while fulfilling senior exit credit for majors such as Environment Studies, and many alumni have been offered jobs in fields related to their projects when they graduate. Take a look at some of our past projects here for more information.

Now Accepting Early Bird Applications for 2014/2015!

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There is a 2 unit option for Engineering students, please email ideass@ucsc.edu for more information.

All students from all majors are encouraged to apply. However, the program is designed for juniors or seniors poised to fulfill senior exit requirements.



"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand"

          - Chinese Proverb