Students to explore renewable energy in Nicaragua

December 6, 2016
Nicaragua study-abroad trip

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – For the past three years, University of Wisconsin-Platteville students have had the unique opportunity to participate in a renewable energy education abroad trip to Nicaragua. Previously led by Dr. Lynn Schlager, associate professor of mechanical engineering, this year’s trip will be guided Dr. Jorge Camacho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

This trip provides students with fun and educational opportunities including an excursion on horseback that leads near a volcano. A short hike will give the students a closer look at this magnificent land formation. “I love to travel, meet new people and see new places, so for me personally seeing the volcano is my favorite,” said Camacho.

Along with that, students will have a chance to explore the market while looking at cultural pieces of hand crafted artwork, and eat at a restaurant that serves giant Nacatamales, which is similar to tamales. On the last day the native people of Nicaragua put on a show for the students with singing and dancing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to help the community; they will build a solar powered slow cooker, a solar powered phone charger, and install solar panels for homes.

Written by: Danielle Kobriger, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194,


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