Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Project Center

Costa Rica


The sediment transport and deposition in the Mala Noche River and Estuary in Sámara, Costa Rica are the major causes of large-scale mangrove die-offs in the mangrove forest and depletion of valuable fish stocks of Sámara Bay. The goal of our project was to raise awareness and educate the community of Sámara about local environmental issues. We developed an environmental education program for the second and sixth grades of Escuela El Torito and designed and distributed a brochure to the community. In addition, we designed the blog, "Salvando el Río Mala Noche," for use by Escuela El Torito as an online teaching tool and resource.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering