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The Shanzu case

The Shanzu case

Free Online Material for Engineering and Science Education 

Do you want your engineering and science students to be able to work with real life problems and to take the societal and user context into consideration in doing so? The ideal approach would be to bring students out of the university settings and let them identify, analyse, formulate and possibly solve real life problems – an approach that may sometimes be too costly. This material offers you the second best approach – bringing the context into the classroom through a contextual and problem based learning platform.

We are in Kenya, more specifically in Shanzu, where the Poul Due Jensen Foundation has funded several improvements of the water and energy supply system at the Shanzu Transitional Workshop for Disabled Women. Students will gradually move through the processes of problem identification, problem analysis, problem formulation, assessment of potential solutions, prevention of potential operational failures and evaluation of project outputs and learning processes.   

The material may be used in whatever ways you find appropriate to support own curricula objectives. To assess whether the material will be useful for you, please see the Teacher’s Guide, incl. the learning objectives. To get access to the material you need to be a teacher at a higher Engineering or Science Education. The reason for this requirement is that the material is not intended for self-study, it is modularised and students need to complete assignments in one phase before being allowed to proceed to the next phase.



Please contact UCPBL at ucpbl@plan.aau.dk  and provide your name and your affiliation, and we will reply with the needed passwords. Please be aware that all material is copyrighted and can only be used for educational purposes.

If you are a student – and you find this of interest, please contact your teacher and make them aware of this opportunity.

We are grateful to The Poul Due Jensen Foundation and the Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO (UCPBL) for funding the development of this material. We furthermore want to thank all project participants who have contributed to this material. A list of all project participants can be found in the menu.


Thank you!