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Team D21-35: Proposal
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Celeste Dauncey
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Feb 21, 2021
Hi Team D21-35, how are you getting on?
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Team D21 - 30
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Team D21 - 30
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Celeste Dauncey
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Feb 19, 2021
Yes sure, does 10.30am on Sunday work for you?
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Team D21-35: Proposal
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Celeste Dauncey
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Feb 18, 2021
Hi Team D21-35. Sorry for the delayed response, I have been assigned as your mentor. Hope you are all well. This is a great idea and something all students would benefit from for their future careers. Have you researched if Universities already offer this sort of module? Would there be specific ‘real world’ mix of specific disciplines? At Cardiff Uni when I was a Civil Engineering student, we had a design module where we designed a hospital with other engineering disciplines (structural, mechanical and electrical Engineers) which worked really well, as this is the sort of mix you will get in the real world, but there could also have been financial and marketing aspects of it, which could have brought in disciplines other than engineering. Are there specific disciplines you are looking to include, or is it mainly Engineers? Can you give reasons why your pitch will sharpen engineering students’ thinking, maybe pose some questions that would only be answered through cross-collaboration? You mention learning about environmental, social, and economic impacts – are there not modules that already focus on these topics – how would this be different – expand? How will you engage Commercial industries to get involved? Would they get the rights to use the design, would it be patented? Would you look for sponsorship or would this be funded by the University? In terms of the end user for the designs, who or where would these be? Could these be used to help Countries where funding and investment aren’t as readily available? How would you engage with them if this is where your focus lies? “Students from other backgrounds will not be of exclusion” – what do you mean by this statement? How would you encourage students of all backgrounds to get involved? You mention above in your comment that you want to reach more students, especially those who might not actively seek out this sort of collaborative and sustainability-centred opportunity themselves, are you referring to extra-curricular activities such as this EWB design challenge, so by making a module you think they will be more likely to engage? Happy to meet to talk through if you would like?
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Team D21 - 30
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Team D21 - 30
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Team D21 - 30
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Celeste Dauncey
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Feb 14, 2021
Hi Team D21-30, I hope you are all keeping well (and warm!). I'm your mentor, Celeste Dauncey. Firstly, what a great choice of topic/issue to focus your pitch on, challenging yet very apt. I note you have said about personal experience of encouragement for females at University level – what sort of engagement was there and could this also be suitable for younger individuals? Have you also had personal experience of a lack of engagement/encouragement when you were in primary/secondary school which has prompted your pitch? Are there others that you could ask to see if their experiences match yours to see if this is one of the driving forces in a lack of females later down the line? Have you got any statistics or research to back up your personal experience of a lack of females? Have you conducted any research into what is already out there in terms of platforms? At my Secondary school we had STEM learning days where we were set design challenges, including engineering challenges (https://www.stem.org.uk/), does this platform align with your ideas, if so how would you expand on this to get this to be global or would you focus on the UK? Will this only be open to females to join or will everyone be encouraged to get involved? There is a fine line between genuine diversity and positive discrimination. You seem keen for female engineers to improve specifically female products, however have you considered that this may unintentionally be pushing female engineers into very niche areas, and implying that other areas of engineering should remain male dominated, or that females are only interested in female products for example? Would male engineers not be encouraged to also solve issues such as period poverty? It seems to me (I may have misinterpreted this) that there are 2 work streams here – one: is a lack of female engineers (in the UK or globally?), and two: is the focus of engineering solutions specifically aimed at females which may reach a more global level. So is it that your platform will engage people on both, or one issue? Once this platform is up and running, how will it be funded and staffed, and how will schools or individuals be able to access this? Would it be through Government engagement or run privately? Have you considered toddlers, whereby parents may be choosing ‘typical’ gender specific toys for their children and whether their interest in Engineering can be encouraged at an even earlier stage than school? Feel free to respond or comment back to me if you would like further help or advice. :-)
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Celeste Dauncey
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