Praxis II Showcase

Friday, April 13, 2018  |  9:30AM – 4:30PM  |  Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

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Praxis II is a Year 1 course that allows Engineering Science students to refine and apply their engineering, design, and communication skills. The students are given a single challenge:

Effect a verified and validated improvement in the lived experience of a community with directly accessible representation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Focusing on the GTA allows students to gain first-hand experience with the issues confronting the City and to engage one-on-one with stakeholders, including City and community representatives.

In the first phase of the course, the class scours the GTA looking for communities with which to engage. In collaboration with their community they define an engineering opportunity and produce a Request for Proposal (RFP). In 2018, of the 52 RFPs that were developed, 11 were selected to proceed to the second phase of Praxis II:

  • Improving Toy Hygiene and Disinfection Processes in The Pediatric Group
  • Improving the Waiting Experience for Patients in the Thoracic Department of Toronto General Hospital
  • Developing a System for Counting the Usage of Non-Circulating Materials at the Toronto Reference Library
  • Improving Bookkeeping at Seekers Books
  • Request-for-Assistance System at Kensington Gardens Long-Term Care Home
  • Enhancing Safety and Dignity of Dancing with Parkinson’s Participants Who Cannot Safely Stand
  • Designing a Method of Supporting a Guitar for the Music Therapy Centre
  • Designing a Storage Facility for Coffee Beans at the Coffee Lab
  • Timing the Throw in a Quick Knife Draw Competition
  • Improving the design of naloxone kits for opioid overdose emergencies
  • Improving Privacy on the Roof of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

In the second phase, four to eight teams compete to design engineering solutions for each RFP. This phase of the course culminates in the public Praxis II Showcase. During the Showcase, students share their refined understanding of their opportunity and their proposed engineering designs with a wide audience through posters, prototypes and presentations.

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Past attendees include City Councillors, representatives from newspapers, radio, and television, as well as project stakeholders and materials suppliers.

Read about a previous Praxis Showcase in the Toronto Star.

Course Contact Information

Jason Foster
Course Instructor
Tel: 416-978-7024
Email: jason.foster@utoronto.ca
Alan Chong
Course Instructor
Tel: 416-978-8512
Email: alan.chong@utoronto.ca

Media Contact

Marit Mitchell
Communications & Media Relations Strategist
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Tel: 416-978-4498
Cel: 647-228-4358
Email: marit.mitchell@utoronto.ca