LSBU students win award in national engineering competition
30 June 2016
The EWB challenge, supported by the
Engineering Council and the Engineering Professors' Council, has been designed
to give first year university students an opportunity to design creative
solutions to real world community development problems. The challenge also encourages
students to learn more about design, and helps them to further develop teamwork
and communication skills.
LSBU’s Samantha Page, Zahra Rezaye,
Aisha Salim and Mohib Muhammad, students on the BEng Chemical and Process
Engineering course, secured their place in the finals and won the first ever
People’s Prize award for their prototype ‘Bamdrawer Filter’.
Created from locally available
materials and resources, it has been designed to tackle the problem of water
filtration and sanitation faced by the local community in Bambui, Cameroon. The
design integrates a filtration drawer mechanism with a Moringa seed incubation
chamber, the result is an economically viable, easy to maintain and affordable
water filter system for people in the community.
The Blocks are made from earth that
has been compressed to the point that it becomes rock-hard. The students found
research to support the fact that the compressed earth had become as strong as
cement and, through the block shape, the design could be used to construct
channels for water flow and structures for buildings.
The block design also incorporates
societal benefits by allowing the entire Bambui community, even children, to
safely engage in simple construction projects.
The EWB Challenge 2016 was developed
in conjunction with Reignite and gave more than 4,600 engineering students an
incredible opportunity to engage with practical community development in
Bambui, Cameroon. Fittingly held at one
of the most sustainable buildings in the world, the Crystal in London, the
largest ever EWB Challenge hosted 36 teams from 26 Universities from the UK and
The students pitched their ideas to a
panel of independent judges, including President of the Engineering Professors’
Council, Professor Stephanie Haywood, and Director for the Department of Energy
and Climate Change, Alastair Grainger.
Alessio Corso, LSBU’s Senior Lecturer at
LSBU’s School of Engineering, said: “To see
both LSBU groups make it to the final 6 was fantastic, and is testament to our
students’ work ethic. I am so proud of them.
programmes at LSBU place emphasis on broad thinking and challenge students to
use broader skillsets. We encourage students to use creativity tools and to understand
environmental, economic and social contexts when making decisions to ensure that
solutions are resourceful and innovative. Most importantly, we teach our
students that they are more than just another Engineering solution.
great to see that our programmes are making a real impact on the way that our
students think about and face challenges – these are valuable skills they’ll
need for their future careers. The Engineers Without Borders Challenge is a
great way to help students to approach real challenges and find effective
Dan Craddock, Education
Projects Manager at Engineers Without Borders UK, added: “The EWB Challenge is allowing
students to work on real life, complex problems in the classroom and enabling
them to understand context and how it affects design decisions in engineering.
The skills students are learning whilst participating in the EWB Challenge are
essential for their future careers and in becoming globally responsible
“This year over 4,600 students
from 26 universities participated in the EWB Challenge and it was great to see
2 teams from LSBU represented in the top 6 teams at the EWB Challenge finals -
a real achievement!”
Samantha Page, BEng Chemical and
Process Engineering student, said: “We
never thought we would come this far in the challenge. Being a part of the EWB challenge
is a lifetime experience, so being chosen as one of the 6 final teams is a
massive achievement, and it’s brilliant
to see that our hard work has paid off.”