Staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are invited to attend this annual event.
Due to public health restrictions the 2021 Praxis II Showcase will take place online.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 8-11 AM and 1-5 PM EDT
Registration required. Zoom link will be emailed you to.
At the Praxis II Showcase, student teams present and demonstrate their designs to stakeholders and the general public. Attendees will be able to ask questions and talk to the teams in small group chats.
You are welcome to attend as much or as little of the event as you like--sessions are running in the morning and afternoon.
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.
Focusing on a community allows students to gain first-hand experience with the issues confronting real groups of people and to engage one-on-one with stakeholders and community representatives.
In the first phase of the course, the class seeks out communities with which to engage. In collaboration with their community, they define an engineering opportunity and produce a Request for Proposal (RFP).
In 2021, 10 of the 76 RFPs that were developed have been selected to proceed to the second phase of Praxis II:
- Reducing RSI Disorders in Rebar Ironwork at Local Union 721
- Space Tango Critical Space Item Transit
- Designing a Tool for People with Visual Impairment to Identify Clothes at Home
- Management Solution for Sustainable Rotational Grazing
- Assisting Zipper Usage for People with Fine Motor Disabilities
- Improving Rose Grafting for Parkinson’s Patients
- Opportunity to Reduce Injury by Improving Ski Airbags
- Improving Water Regulation for Rural Gardens in Liberia
- Mitigating the Risk of Unreachable Objects for Powered Wheelchair Users
- Improving the System to Quantify the Progress of the Gift of Giving Back Food Drive
In the second phase, three to nine teams design engineering solutions for each RFP. This culminates in the public Praxis II Showcase. At the event, 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.
Course Contact Information
Patricia Sheridan, Course Instructor
Rob Irish, Course Instructor
Fahad Pinto, Communications & Media Relations Strategist
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
416-978-4498 (desk), 416-550-5585 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org