Student Chapter Programs
The Technology Development Programme
The Technology Development (Tech Dev) Programme is a programme where skilled, experienced and passionate student volunteers are selected by EGSC to work in partnership with an NGO or beneficiary to solve technical problems with solutions that are appropriate and sustainable.
Student participants, in teams of 3-5, will be guided by an experienced engineering mentor and the NGOs themselves, to ensure that our participants would be able to develop a working prototype for the NGO at the end of the programme.
The programme will start in 9 January 2017 and run for 3-6 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
As part of the Tech Dev programme, we will be hosting/conducting lessons to equip you with the necessary skills needed to excel in the project. These skills range from soft skills like design thinking workshops to more technical skills like prototyping with Arduino and 3D printing.
For students from NUS Faculty of Engineering, the Tech Dev project may also count towards the EG2606A/B Independent Work (IW) module or be considered under Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP). More details can be found here.
Details about our partners and their problem statements will be released as we confirm them (until the end December) and will be published and updated on this page. There will only be one team working on one project with each organisation.
Partner organisation: Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD)
SPD focuses on maximising the potential of people with disabilities and integrating them into mainstream society.
Problem Statement: In older HDB flats, there are often a few doorsteps leading into the home. This can be a hindrance for wheelchair users when they enter or leave their house. Volunteers would be given the opportunity to develop a prototype to enable wheelchair users to surmount these steps independently.
Problem Statement: Interactions between disability groups is an issue that is usually overlooked. Based on our experiences, different functional capabilities often result in interrupted and misunderstood interactions, or out of convenience, the PWDs don't interact at all if they don't have to. For example, an individual with hearing impairment who communicates mainly through sign language will encounter difficulties interacting with someone who is unable to sign or write/type due to upper limb mobility issues. Volunteers will be tasked to develop technology to facilitate effective communication and interaction between people with different disabilities.
Partner organisation: Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled (BHID)
BHID is one of the first purposefully built residential homes for people with intellectual disabilities in Singapore.
Problem Statement: As the residents in Bishan Home age, they gradually develop problems in gait and balance. Volunteers would be tasked to improve a preliminary prototype which analyses the gait and balance of BHID residents. Volunteers would also be expected to collect, examine and validate data to assess their fall risk. The main focus of this project is to come up with a portable and cost-effective solution that is also user-friendly.
Problem Statement: Volunteers would be tasked to develop technical solutions that aid beneficiaries in processing information from day-to-day activities so as to respond appropriately. Examples of day-to-day activities that volunteers can consider expediting include taking the bus, using the elevator, making monetary transactions and navigation.
Sign up as a mentor at this link now! Registration is open until 16 January 2017.
You can sign up in teams of 3-5 or as individuals and be teamed up with other participants interested in the same problem statements. We will invite selected participants to an interview, before formally announcing the formed teams by 8 January 2017.
If you would like to know more about the Tech Dev programme, or would like to further clarify any questions, do contact us at students@EngineeringGood.org and we will get back to you promptly!
For more information about the Engineering Good Student Chapter, visit the student chapter page here
Interested in creating new partnerships with us? Contact us at students@EngineeringGood.org.
Interested in opportunities with our student chapter (students and professionals)? Check for available volunteer opportunities here.
Envelope 2015, held in August of 2015, was a seminar event organised by the Engineering Good Student Chapter. Envelope exposed and engaged more than a hundred students to how organizations in Singapore use sustainable and appropriate solutions to help various communities, be it in Singapore or overseas.
Project Make Possible was an event to help bridge the current gap between engineers and disadvantaged communities. Project Make-Possible began with a Humanitarian Engineering talk, where participants were introduced to the concept of Humanitarian Engineering, followed by a Makerthon.