POTSDAM -- High school students in Clarkson's Young Scholars Program will finalize their conceptual design and presentation of a clear water system for La Margarita, Ecuador, this week.
La Margarita, an agrarian community of about 350 residents, lacks adequate water and sanitary services. The residents consume water with little or no treatment from the nearby but polluted Los Tintos River.
In the summer of 2009, the residents received new government-subsidized housing, yet the houses lack water and wastewater services.
The students have learned about design, health and sustainability issues relating to the project.
They are designing systems to be fit to the existing housing structure and piping. Working individually and in small groups, they are conducting research, providing recommendations, and making a final presentation to community leaders on Saturday.
The students' work is part of an ongoing project of the Clarkson chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
The Young Scholars Program, typically for rising juniors and seniors, fosters intellectual development, communication skills, and cooperative problem solving in a real-world setting.
You can read more about the project at www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars/current_project.html.