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As part of the EWB-UK network, our vision is: 'A world where everyone has access to the engineering they need for a life free from poverty.' We hope to raise awareness of humanitarian engineering work in the UK and developing countries, educate through our school outreach and training events and have a great time through our networking and social events!
As a member youll learn skills in the 'Design - Prototype - Build' process. It encompasses pracical hands on working and design ideas, which can be used in almost any work environment.
The first few weeks involve researching the country given to us by EWBUK. Time will be spent looking into any problems, small or large, and brainstorming ideas as a group to overcome them. Set out to define what the problem is, and a possible solution or solutions to overcome it. Dont be afraid to think outside the box; all ideas are welcome, the more creative the better!
Next is the design. Think about if the solution is sustainable, or if it can be made with recycled materials or the countries resources. Canit easily be put in place? Is it intuitive? Ask questions, talk to others and refine your idea into a product.
Finally prototype and build. Physically make a working model or concept of your design. Show off its features and create a pesentation on how it will improve the country. The best ideas are entered into a competition in Dublin with other universities to decide the winner.