Praxis II Showcase

Due to COVID-19, the in-person Showcase has been cancelled in 2020.

Monday, April 13, 2020  |  9:00AM – 5:00PM  |  Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

 

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 2020, of the 70 RFPs that were developed, 9 were selected to proceed to the second phase of Praxis II:

  • Improving STEM Learning for Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Improving the Process of Locating Vehicles Onsite at 401 Dixie Nissan
  • Redesigning and Improving Artifact Storage at the Bata Shoe Museum
  • Improving the usability of can openers for participants at Kohai LIFE
  • Increasing Output at the Fort York Food Bank
  • Removing Common Reed in High Park
  • Detecting Vinyl Record Audible Imperfections
  • Indoor Navigation at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Transporting Cacao beans over Long Distances without Contamination with Soma Chocolate
  • Traceability of Food at Second Harvest

In the general second phase, four to nine teams compete to design engineering solutions for each RFP. This phase of the course culminates in the public Praxis II Showcase, taking place at Hart House on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Read about last year’s Praxis II Showcase here.

This year the second phase also includes individual teams working on the following RFPs, in addition to those listed above:

  • Improving Club Adapters Used by Tour Experience Golf
  • Developing a Medication Inventory System at Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for Street-Involved Youth

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

Staff, faculty, alumni and members of the public are normally invited to attend. Due to COVID-19, the Showcase will be a closed event between students and evaluators only in 2020.

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Read about a previous Praxis Showcase in the Toronto Star.


Course Contact Information

Jason Foster
Course Instructor
Tel: 416-978-7024
jason.foster@utoronto.ca
Rob Irish
Course Instructor
Tel: 416-978-6708
r.irish@utoronto.ca

Media Contact

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