The mission of the Program for Assistive Technologies for Underprivileged (PATU) is to allow students to practice engineering skills while they develop strong communication and teamwork skills, gain global perspective, and learn social responsibility through projects for persons with disabilities that otherwise could not afford assistance.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
We have arrived!
When we arrived in Ilheus the whole crew was waiting for us--Patty, Hank, Scott, and all the Sweet Briar girls--thanks for the warm welcome! It was sure nice to see everyone FINALLY! It was a bit of a whirlwind though--we got to the hotel, unloaded our stuff, and then everyone left with their host families. I hope everyone has a great first evening with their hosts!
It was good to hear from Hank that everything had been going well for our collaborators from Sweet Briar while we were gone. They got a great city tour from Patty on Tuesday, and today spent the day touring Universidad Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC) and talking to professors in the engineering department there. They are very excited about our projects and hope to work on them with us in the future!
Tomorrow will be a full and exciting day--we are touring a chocolate factory and Cargill, and probably have a little time for a fun market!