Engineers without Borders (EWB) UK is a global organisation which aims to empower engineers to aid in human development based activities. As the EWB UK states: ‘We use engineering as a catalyst to transform our world’. At the University of Nottingham, we are a branch of the UK organisation. We are a motivated group of engineers, scientist and mathematicians who organise a range of activities, workshops and events from small scale local events to global involvement.
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We hold fundraising events, STEM outreach events and work in collaboration with local schools. All of our members are given the chance to meet like-minded people, gain experience in project management and attend any of our social events. We are looking forward to an exciting, project filled year. If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to send us an e-mail or follow us on twitter.
A group of 5 University of Nottingham students, in collaboration with Dream Big Ghana NGO, will be going to Ghana Volta region to build a compost toilet in the rural area. The toilet will be designed to provide better access to the elderly and disabled people. The materials used in the construction will require minimal maintenance and will last for a long time.
A group of 20-30 members of Engineers Without Borders Nottingham society gathered in one of the electrical engineering laboratories in University of Nottingham where, with the guidance from a few professionals, small circuits were soldered together including two photovoltaic cells which are used to charge batteries in the circuit. An USB outlet was also added to make charging mobile devices possible. Diodes and a small circuit board was added to provide safe charging at the correct voltage and amperage. The chassis of the construction is made up of layers of plywood which were laser cut.