Our Background


Teaching Factory meets Invention Education

The DIT Design Studio is the result of a collaboration between the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) and Rice 360° Institute for Global Health (Rice 360°) with support from the Lemelson Foundation. It follows from both institutes’ commitment to the advancement of students’ practical professional skills.

The DIT curriculum embodies the ‘teaching factory’ approach, where technical training is directly linked to real-life industry. Similarly, the Rice 360° Institute’s Leading in Invention Education workstream is focused on expanding and sharing their model of invention and entrepreneurship education. These synergistic approaches have led to their collaboration that includes faculty development workshops, international student exchanges and internships, and the Design Studio – a focal point for active learning and innovative thinking.

Turning students into innovators and ideas into sustainable solutions.

Equipped with numerous tools including a laser cutter, 3D printers, rapid prototyping tools, 1000+ electronic components and sensors, the DIT Design Studio has numerous resources available to help members get from idea to product. The studio facilitates workshops on numerous topics including Computer Aided Design, 3D printing, Laser cutting, Entrepreneurship, Pitching and Design Thinking for members to learn key skills necessary for design and prototyping.

DIT Faculty are also welcomed to teach lectures out of the Design Studio and make use of our resources for more hands-on learning in the classroom. These are more immersive experiences where students get to work full time on a product for a real-life Tanzanian client and take a product from research to first functional prototype. Whether you’re looking for a place to learn some Arduino basics, test out a circuit, perfect your soldering skills or get advice on your final year project- the DIT Design Studio is the place for you. All are welcome. Karibuni!


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