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i9MASKS Project: A Learning-by-Doing Summer Experience With Engineering Students

i9MASKS Project: A Learning-by-Doing Summer Experience With Engineering Students
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Author(s): Violeta Meneses Carvalho (University of Minho, Portugal), Cristina S. Rodrigues (University of Minho, Portugal), Rui A. Lima (University of Minho, Portugal), Graça Minas (University of Minho, Portugal)and Senhorinha F. C. F. Teixeira (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Training Engineering Students for Modern Technological Advancement
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anabela Carvalho Alves (University of Minho, Portugal)and Natascha van Hattum-Janssen (Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8816-1.ch013


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Engineering education is a challenging topic that has been deeply explored in order to provide better educational experiences to engineering students, and the learning by doing approach has been appraised. Amidst a global pandemic, an engineering summer program denominated i9Masks emerged and aimed to create transparent facial masks for preventing the virus spreading. This project had the participation of 21 students from different engineering areas, as well as professors and monitors whose guidance and commitment were of great importance for its success. Aiming to understand the importance of this engineering hands-on project for students' training, two inquiries were applied, being one for students and the other for professors and monitors/researchers. Students described this initiative as an amazing and innovative experience that they would like to repeat and considered useful for their careers. Regarding the impact perceived by the teaching staff, the results proved that they enjoyed participating in the i9MASKS project and sharing knowledge with students in a practical way.

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