The chapter was founded in 2013, by Civil Engineering students from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, as a non-profit association for assistance. Formed by professionals and students of several engineering areas, involved in implementation of technology projects for human development, regionally or internationally.
They started the work with one project only, the Engenheiros do Futuro [Engineers of the Future], which aimed to encourage the interest about engineering in public schools. Currently, they count with seven running projects (Engenheiros do Futuro, Somar Ambiental, Recomeçar, Defensoria, Saneamento Fértil, Biodigestor and Pegadas) and six boards (Finances, People Management, Projects Management, Communication, Events and Presidency). The Engenheiros do Futuro was the first project carried out by the chapter and it is still active, delivering lectures and experiences for children and teenagers from public schools of Natal, in order to arouse the interest for the study of engineering. The Biodigester project was the first technical project and it aims the building of biodigesters in communities and settlements in Rio Grande do Norte inland, enabling the exchange of the cooking gas by the gas from the biodigestor. The projects Recomeçar (restart) and Pegadas (footprints) are the newests. The Recomeçar is a partnership with Million Waves. Its ill is to 3D print protesis in recycled plastic, taken directly from the beaches. The Pegadas arouse from the reactivation purpose of another extension project, with the same name, and aims, at first, to promote training with leaders of solidary ventures, from mapping the difficulties in several enterprises along Rio Grande do Norte, and spread knowledge about marketing, finances, business plan and stuff.
Their projects have in common the ill of improve lifes in needy communities, through the knowledge of several areas of engineering, impacting people of all range of age. Its impact goes from theoretical and experimental knowledge in educational projects to the improvement in habitational conditions and subsistence of the inland communities.
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