A team of RMIT students and staff have combined their skills and talents in a bid to win the Water Innovation Challenge to be held in Singapore in June, 2014.
Competing against teams from the USA, Singapore and South East Asia the team, consisting of members from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, the School of Vocational Engineering and the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, will present their design concept for a clean water and sewerage system for a Bangladesh community.
The team has spent many hours this semester developing their concept within the strict guidelines of the competition and are confident of success. Over the three day competition period the team will also be required to demonstrate their practical skills and knowledge of land, windmill and solar pump systems by completing and documenting an “on the spot“ two-day practical challenge to build one of these systems.
“This is a fabulous opportunity to represent RMIT and also apply real-life engineering skills in a team environment with students from other disciplines,“ said team member Nurul Driver, a systems engineering student from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
The team will present their documentation in a 15 minute session to judges from Habitat, Worldskills and international water and engineering representatives at the Water Innovation Conference. The successful team and winning concept will be further developed by Habitat and implemented in Bangladesh in 2015.
The Water Innovation Challenge is being held for the first time at Singapore Institute, and RMIT is one of five teams being asked to participate with the assistance of local coordinator, Dr Helen Smith.
This project is being trialled as part of the STEM ecosystem OLT funded project, led by Professor Julianne Reid, which aims to allow tertiary students from multi-disciplines to work together in a problem-based learning environment. The range of skills represented in the group allows for real collaboration and learning and fosters an appreciation of future graduate working conditions in a team environment. The six students will all be given credit for their various RMIT courses through a negotiated assessment arrangement with their teachers and lecturers.
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