Escargot Nursery – An EPS@ISEP 2017 Project

  • Lauri Borghuis
  • Benjamin Calon
  • John MacLean
  • Juliette Portefaix
  • Ramon Quero
  • Abel Duarte
  • Benedita Malheiro
  • Cristina Ribeiro
  • Fernando Ferreira
  • Manuel F. Silva
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Pedro Guedes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)

Abstract

This paper presents the development of an Escargot Nursery by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of 3rd year undergraduates within the framework of EPS@ISEP – the European Project Semester (EPS) offered by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). The challenge was to design, develop and test a snail farm compliant with the applicable EU directives and the given budget. The Team, motivated by the desire to solve this multidisciplinary problem, embarked on an active learning journey, involving scientific, technical, marketing, sustainable and ethical development studies, brainstorming and decision-making. Based on this project-based learning approach, the Team identified the lack of innovative domestic snail farm products and, consequently, proposed the development of “EscarGO”, a stylish solution for the domestic market. The paper details the proposed design and control system, including materials, components and technologies. This learning experience, which was focussed on the development of multicultural communication, multidisciplinary teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making competencies in students, produced as a tangible evidence the proof of concept prototype of “EscarGO”, an Escargot Nursery designed for families to easily grow snails at home.

Keywords

Collaborative learning Project based learning Escargot Nursery Snail framing Home Technology Education Curtain system 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work is financed by the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation – COMPETE 2020 Programme within project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006961, and by National Funds through the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) as part of project UID/EEA/50014/2013.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Borghuis
    • 1
  • Benjamin Calon
    • 1
  • John MacLean
    • 1
  • Juliette Portefaix
    • 1
  • Ramon Quero
    • 1
  • Abel Duarte
    • 1
  • Benedita Malheiro
    • 1
  • Cristina Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Fernando Ferreira
    • 1
  • Manuel F. Silva
    • 1
  • Paulo Ferreira
    • 1
  • Pedro Guedes
    • 1
  1. 1.ISEP/PPorto – School of Engineering, Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal

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