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KAIST Students Participate in Overseas Volunteer work

Writer : admin Date : 2015-03-04 Hit : 5653

KAIST Students Participate in Overseas Volunteer work
EWB-KAIST Launch Special Activities in Rural Village in Nepal
Dream Tree Provides Pro Bono Science Education in Cambodia

 

After the Korean War came to an end, South Korea received aid from a number of countries, but now it is one of many aid-giving countries with a range of overseas volunteer groups working abroad.

 

A group of students from KAIST also participated in volunteer work sharing Korea’s development experience and extending a helping hand to citizens in developing countries. With the dawn of the new year, EWB-KAIST and Dream Tree student volunteer groups from KAIST visited Nepal and Cambodia, respectively, to launch international pro bono activities involving their talents in science as well as in arts and sports.

 

EWB-KAIST Works for Autogenic Transformation in Nangi Village

 

EWB-KAIST, a subset of Engineers Without Borders, engaged in a two-week volunteering program from January 13 in Nangi village in Nepal. Based on engineering knowledge obtained from schoolwork, the students helped the residents develop necessary technology for small hydropower pumps and smokeless combustion stoves using wood.

 

Professor Tae-Ho Song in the Division of Mechanical Engineering conceived the idea of volunteering in 2012 through a discussion with Professor Jeong H. Kim of the University of Maryland; Professor Song has since led the volunteer activities for the past three years.

 

In 2015, a total of 16 students went to Nangi, divided into a science education team, a small hydropower team, a welfare team, a housing team, and an aviation safety team.

 

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▲ Students holding a science education camp
(Photo courtesy of Daedeok Net ( www.hellodd.com ))

 

The science education team strived to make science friendlier by using sound-making pencils, capacitive-touch Arduino pianos, and LED lights as well as by dying T-shirts and measuring acidity with red cabbage solution.

 

Throughout the volunteering program, the small hydropower team focused on identifying the reasons for pressure loss within pipes and on adding a 90-meter-long pipe. The team succeeded in increasing the efficiency of power generation from 90 w to 202 w, and the electricity converted through the generator’s inverter is supposed to be delivered to the entire village through a transformer.

 

The main job of the welfare team was to develop smokeless stoves. The team designed a stove with decreased smoke and a design suitable for complete combustion of wood. The volunteers also enhanced the marketability of plums by pruning the plum trees.

 

In an effort to improve the insulation performance of houses in the Nangi village, the housing team conducted an experiment to develop an insulator with materials available in the surrounding area and stated that its final goal was to spread highly efficient housing by making passive solar houses.

 

Lastly, the aviation safety team installed cameras in Mohare Danda in order to improve Nepal’s unstable aviation environment, which is due to the use of time-worn aircraft models and bad climate conditions around the mountains. The environment is being monitored in real time not only in Nangi, but also in Korea, and the team is currently holding consultations with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

 



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▲ Students of EWB-KAIST and residents in Nangi village
(Photo courtesy of Daedeok Net ( www.hellodd.com ))

 

The three years of activities have begun to produce visible progress and outcomes in generating power based on the installation of photovoltaic facilities, supplying water and generating electricity using small hydropower pumps, and installing drying facilities.

 

One year of preparation and two-week-long volunteer activities may not be sufficient to produce many changes in the field, particularly for a program led by students. Over the past three years, however, some meaningful changes are becoming evident among the residents in Nangi village. The student volunteers have conveyed knowledge and principles of engineering technology and have encouraged locals to obtain materials in the field, resulting in increasing autogenic changes.

 

The volunteer group will visit Nepal for two more years and continue their much acclaimed international activities, which will help Nangi village emerge as a key area in the country.

 

KAIST Dream Tree Helps Cambodian Students Develop Various Aptitudes

 

KAIST students also visited Cambodia for volunteer activities.

 

Holding an opening ceremony in January, attended by President Sung-Mo Kang, key faculty members with assigned positions, and student volunteers, the KAIST Dream Tree volunteers engaged in a ten-day education program at Hosanna High School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

This global volunteer program was initiated and planned by students to foster a culture of sharing and spirit of service among undergraduate students.

 

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▲ Opening ceremony of “KAIST Dream Tree Global Volunteering in Cambodia”
(Photo courtesy of KAIST)

 

For about 150 Cambodian students, the volunteer group offered a variety of activities: a science education program linked to key majors such as physics, chemistry, and biology; arts and sports education involving the Korean language, taekwondo, fine arts, and ensemble; musicals, K-pop performance, and other cultural activities; painting of murals and decorating the school’s flower gardens.

 

KAIST President Sung-Mo Kang expressed his hope that this educational volunteer program would provide Cambodian students with opportunities to discover their own interest and aptitudes in science.  

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