Student-designed device to Improve firefighters’ navigation during active fires
Every year EngSci students in their first year of study face a special challenge: find ways to improve life in the city using engineering design principles. This task is part of the program’s unique Year 1 engineering design courses, Praxis I and II. Students identify diverse problems in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders from communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and work in teams to develop design solutions.
The course culminates in the annual Praxis II Showcase where projects and prototypes are presented to members of the public.
Read about Praxis II Showcase 2019 here.
From helping people with Parkinson’s disease to dance safely, to designing storage facilities for coffee beans, and even timing the throw in a knife throwing competition, this year’s Praxis design projects covered a diverse range of topics.
The Year 1 Praxis design course challenges EngSci students to apply their engineering know-how and improve the lived experience of a community within the Greater Toronto Area. Students explore the city in teams to find problems that can benefit from an engineering approach, and work with stakeholders to ensure their solutions match end-user needs. Members of the public are invited to see the results at the annual Praxis Showcase.
Read about one team’s efforts to make naloxone kits more effective.
Learn more about other Praxis projects from this year’s Praxis Showcase.
Student present their “Dino Dash” project that analyzes children’s running speeds with specially equipped footpad sensors
Each year, EngSci’s innovative Praxis design course challenges first-year students to do one thing: improve daily life in Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and communities.
Students fan out across the city to identify problems and work closely with stakeholders to design engineering-based solutions to challenges as varied as growing hops for microbreweries on urban rooftops or making classrooms more accessible for students with disabilities.
Dinosaur Races: To help active kids at the ROM’s dinosaur gallery burn off steam, students designed “Dino Dash”. Children “race” different types of dinosaurs on footpads equipped with sensors to find out what kind of dinosaurs run at the speed they do. Photo by Roberta Baker – Engineering Strategic Communications
“The Praxis courses challenges our students to take what they learn in class and apply it to the real — and always much more complex — world of everyday life,” says course co-instructor Professor Jason Foster (EngSci). “For many of our students, working on high-impact projects like these helps them understand the role and responsibilities of being an engineer.”
Student teams revealed their innovative designs at the annual Praxis Showcase on April 8.
Read more about the Praxis II Showcase in the Toronto Star.