From 5th July 2016 to 29th July 2016, students from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mechanical Engineering Society are running the “Fundraising for Engineering Good – Engineering for a Good Cause” event as part of their leadership training and service learning to reach out to the community. Engineering Good is very grateful for the support that the students and staff from the Mechanical Engineering Division have provided thus far.
On the 5th of July 2016, with strong support from the students and staff, Engineering Good and the students jointly held a carnival in school, attracting huge crowds to the various booths. These booths included a repair auction for toys for children with special needs from the Toy Library of the AWWA Resource and Training Centre, where members of the public could donate money to get a particular toy repaired. This booth was wildly successful as donations continued pouring in, and by the end of the day almost all the toys were repaired. Another booth sold merchandise such as laser cut key chains with the ‘Mechanical Engineering’ motif alongside laser-engraved dog tags and even chess sets! Customisable key chains and dog tags were also available with on-site laser cutting and engraving. There was even a booth where people could challenge a robot to a game of tic-tac-toe (did we mention that the game costs $1 and if you win, you get $5 back?)!
Throughout the day, students actively promoted the idea of humanitarian engineering to their schoolmates via the different booths set up, personally experiencing for themselves how their academic discipline can be used to benefit the disadvantaged in our society.
At the same time, Engineering Good also set up a booth showcasing the numerous projects Engineering Good has been involved in, such as the science experiments project for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School. We also conducted ‘Water for the World’ and ‘Prosthetic Design’ workshops for students and staff from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In the ‘Water for the World’ workshop, participants definitely learnt a lot on how water issues affect the lives of people in different countries, depending on the relative wealth and development in the country. In the prosthetics workshop, participants had a hands-on experience in designing their own prosthetics limb – and even testing these out on themselves!
If you are interested to support the students and Engineering Good, the booth at Block 58, Ngee Ann Polytechnic runs till 29 July 2016! Do head over and check them out!