Science Rendezvous

Science Rendezvous is an annual festival promoting scientific discovery to kids through hands-on activities. This year’s event at University of Toronto’s St. George Campus took place on May 7th 2016 along St. George St. and was a daylong affair. With the theme “Superheroes: Discover Your Superpower”, a diverse set of labs and student groups banded together to showcase amazing feats of science and engineering, and to inspire kids to see the wonders of science. Highlights included:

  • a “hardware hackathon” for kids to build boats and robots using recycled materials
  • a robotic car derby
  • solar-powered cars
  • unleashing the energy in candy
  • using alternative sustainable high sources of protein such as crickets and meal worms in the form of brownies and cookies
  • local trees and plants in the greater Ontario area
  • running on non-Newtonian fluid and many more! 

EWHUofT hosted a booth on “Superpowers 1010: Basic circuitry with Engineering World Health U of T”. We showed students the “power” of electrical circuits with an emergency light blinker circuit that kids could analyze and troubleshoot. Kids were given a brief overview on how basic circuits work. They were shown an incomplete circuit that they were asked to complete using a wire on a breadboard.  We got a lot of curious kids visiting our booth and asking several questions, it was a great day!

Also, a big “thank you” to the EWHUofT-volunteers Prabu Parameshwar, Shiva Ghasemi Dehkordi and Hang Li for all their work during the event!

Thank you for attending the EWH UofT Symposium!

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The 2nd annual Engineering World Health Symposium took place on February 22nd 2016 at the William Doo Auditorium, located on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. The theme of this year’s event was “Engineers as Global Health Interdisciplinary Team Players”, and had a strong focus on the role of engineers and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for tackling global health problems. The Symposium attracted over 100 attendees from a variety of fields including engineering, global affairs, pharmacy, public health, and nursing.

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Thanks for attending our Ideathon!

On Sunday Feb 28th, EWH-UofT hosted our inaugural Ideathon event!

We kicked off the day with an inspiring and informative panel composed of members from Health Mission Outreach, World Spine Care, and Engineers Without Borders. During the panel, it became clear just how important creating solutions collaboratively on the ground is to success. Many thanks to Ben Draskovic, Dr. Patricia Tavares, Dr. Lun Hangfu, and Dr. David Gorendar for taking the time to join us early on a Sunday morning and share their stories and insight with us, and thank you to Faye Simmonds of eHealth Africa for putting together an extremely comprehensive video as a perfect intro to the day!

Ideathon Panel and Workshop

As part of the Engineering World Health Ideathon, we will be hosting a panel discussion and workshop on efficient delivery of medical interventions to low- and middle-income countries. The panel and workshop will take place at Rosebrugh Building, Rm 412 on Sunday, February 28th 2016. Even if you didn’t register for the Ideathon, you are welcome to attend!
 
Panel Discussion (9:45am – 10:45am)
The panel discussion will be a Q&A session, designed to give Ideathon participants a chance to test their ideas and get feedback from a group of experts with experience in implementation of medical interventions.
Panelists:
  • Dr. Patricia Tavares – Coordinator, Dominican Republic World Spine Care Program
  • Dr. Lun Hangfu – Founder, Health Mission Outreach
  • Dr. David Gorendar – Volunteer, Health Mission Outreach
  • Ben Draskovic – Junior Fellow – Community Team, Engineers Without Borders UofT Chapter

More information on the panelist can be found here.

Hacking Health Workshop (11:00am  – 12:00pm)

Hadi Salah is Manager of Health Ecosystem Partnerships at MaRS Discovery District and co-founder of Hacking Health, an organization that pairs healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs. By connecting diverse minds and perspectives, Hacking Health drives the creation of innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. Hadi will facilitate a rapid ideation session using some tools developed by Nesta. This workshop will be a way to get participants thinking about new ideas to solve wicked problems.
 
Directions: Enter through 170 College Street, not 164 College Street.
  1. Do not go up the steps outside to get into the building, go to the bottom left door of the steps.
  2. Once you enter go up to the 3rd floor
  3. Via the stairs
    • Once out of the stairwell, turn left and follow the hallway/sign to the Rosebrugh bridge
    • Continue down the hallway to Rosebrugh Building
    • The event room (412) will be the second last door on the right
  4. Via the elevator
    • Via the elevator
    • Once you get past the building entrance, turn left
    • Go down the ramp hall
    • Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor where
    • Once you exit you will go straight down the hallway, through the double doors and continue down the hallway
    • Follow the hallway/sign to the Rosebrugh bridge
    • Continue down the hallway to Rosebrugh Building
    • The event room (412) will be the second last door on the right.