Praxis II Showcase

Monday, April 13, 2020  |  9:30AM – 4:30PM  |  Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

 

Read about Praxis Showcase 2019 here.

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 2019, of the 60 RFPs that were developed, 9 were selected to proceed to the second phase of Praxis II:

  • Collecting and Organizing Shuttlecocks at KC Badminton Club
  • Gamification of the Air Cadet Aviation and Aerospace Curriculum
  • Improving Accuracy of Fermentation Testing in Small Bakeries
  • Improving Cashier Efficiency when Working with Reusable Bags
  • Improving Paint Removal Mechanisms at Sgt. Splatters
  • Improving Locational Awareness and Navigational Abilities of Firefighters in Active Incidents at Fire Station No. 333
  • Preventing False PASS Device Alerts Among Toronto Firefighters
  • Improving Safety at the Toronto Tool Library’s Makerspace
  • Preventing the Intrusion of Dementia Patients into Other Patients’ Rooms

In the general second phase, two 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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This year the second phase also includes individual teams working on the following RFPs:

  • Reforming the motorboat transportation system at the Richmond Hill Canoe Club
  • Phone Charging in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Women’s Inpatient Unit
  • Containers capable of transporting frozen and fresh food across Canada
  • Improving the frying station in food trucks
  • Streamlining the Assembly of Harm Reduction Kits at The Sanctuary
  • Improving Sidewalk Salting Practices for Business Owners in Areas of Heavy Foot Traffic

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
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