South Korea

Academic CoursesS. Korea

  • EGR 291 Special Topics: Intro Programming for Robotics with LEGO EV3

Or

  • EGR 491 Special Topics: Intro Programming for Robotics with LEGO EV3

Or

  • ETM 591  Special Topics: Design and Construction of LEGO EV3 Competition Idea and Settings

And

  • CSL 210 International Service Learning - Korea: Teaching Speakers of Other Language

Or

  • EDUC 390 Special Topics: Teaching Speakers of Other Languages
Each student will choose one course offered by Professor Hyun and one course offered by TBA.

Faculty

  • Professor Lisa Kang, The English Language Institute
  • Professor Sinjae Hun, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Program Highlights

  • This project is focused on teaching 1st through 12th grade students at Drim School, located 60 miles south of Seoul, South Korea. Drim School is the first special education foundation North Korean refugees and their children. It was established in 2003 and offers elementary to high school curriculum. More than 200 students have been enrolled since 2003 with around 65 high school graduates and 46 graduates who then went on to college or university. Drim School has about 40 students and 7-10 teachers and staff members.

  • As "outsiders" in the wider Korean culture, they have difficulty integrating into that culture and leading productive , enriching lives.  They have hugely different needs that cry out for customization -  from their skewed educational backgrounds to the various traumas that they have experienced and the many years they had no education at all as they sought refuge.  In order to integrate more fully into the South Korean culture they need education in English, in technology, and in modern culture. This MOM in Korea trip/project seeks to address these three problems that the students face.

  • In South Korea today, the ability to speak English, even at a rudimentary level, is crucial to an individual's economic viability.Speaking skills in English can be used in a variety of service industries, such as the tourist industry, which is a growing sector in the Korean economy. The competency of speaking in English will also provide more opportunities for them to achieve higher scores for their college entrance exam.The ability of speaking in English fluently is the most powerful factor in success in Korea.Contemporary South Korean culture is also highly technological, and education in basic robotics and computer skills would definitely be a great benefit for them and may open opportunities for them to have STEM-oriented careers.  Living with them for three weeks to teach English and to play together with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics (LEGO Robotics) will address these needs directly.  As an added bonus, since they been brainwashed from their younger ages, their view of western world, especially the U.S. , may not be accurate.  Interacting with a group of westerners will open doors of cultural experience that they need to prosper in a culture that has adopted many western ways.
  • Interested students will have a chance to participate in worship services on Sunday either at the Drim school or at local churches in Korea.
  • We will have several days of historic sightseeing for cultural excursion after concluding our program or during weekends.  It will include historic sites of the Silla Dynasty (100-900 AD), the Chosun Dynasty (1400 - 1900AD), UNESCO World Heritage sites(whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/KR/), Korean War memorials (1950 AD), the DMZ, and the present- and future- oriented city of Seoul (www.visitseoul.net/en/index.do? method=main.).

Tentative Travel Dates: TBA

 

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.