Get to know about prototyping…

Get to know about prototyping… A preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed is called prototype. There are many advantages of working on a prototype before developing the actual device include: it is easy to detect the missing functionality, it can be reused by the developer for more complicated projects in the future and it is easy to detect errors. Before working on a prototype, we had to generate “How can we” statements from our visit and interview in Amana Hospital. After that we had to brainstorm on ways to solve various “How can we’s”. This helps a developer to know which things should be used to make an early prototype. Figure showing some…

SELCOM NEEDS FINDING

SELCOM NEEDS FINDING Fuad Abdallah, August 29, 2021. Vinayak (a poet) once said, “Every land is fertile, with only the need of finding suitable seeds.” This week was all about finding needs. Madam Julia arranged an interview for us with Selcom staff who deal with a food delivery service called duka.direct. We started interacting with them by asking them different questions. At the end of our interview we realized that their main problem is spillage of drinks when transporting them from one place to another, so they asked us to help them solve this problem. Spilled drink from Selcom (duka.direct) We started with primary research then we began diverging by diving deep into the problem.  More factors that can affect…

Advantages of prototyping in the design cycle

Advantages of prototyping in the design cycle A prototype is the working model of the product or solution that is created before manufacturing the actual product. Prototyping is not only used in Engineering but also in marketing, education and the military. Prototyping is one of the essential processes during the design cycle. The diagram below shows the design process including the prototyping part. Figure 1. Engineering Design cycle The following are the advantages of prototyping in the design cycle:   Prototyping gives an idea of the final product. It is difficult to visualize the look of the final product in the early stages of designing but when there is a prototype, we can get a basic look of the product…

SELCOM TEAM WORK

SELCOM TEAM WORK My whole time in the DIT Design Studio, I have never thought that I could be a part of any design crew. I was only thinking about school, lectures and theories from our teachers and finding a job after I graduate. On the other hand we were not given a chance to understand what engineering really is. After joining the Lemelson Foundation as an intern I realized that I can do, make and design different things. Among the activities we did was brainstorming as a method of creating ideas and sharing knowledge and skills to solve a problem in which participants are encouraged to think without disturbances from anywhere. In the third week, we continued with our…

STEP BY STEP DESIGN

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021 Benjamin Lembaro Blog #3   As student engineers, we sometimes had to design when solving basic problems that we came across. However, in most cases our designs were based on the solution that first came to mind. We never did enough to explore the options that we had in terms of the solution. Therefore, we solved problems using designs that were not really the best ones and in most cases were inefficient and did not last long. In the third week of the Lemelson Internship, we started by working on the insight statements that we formulated the previous week to come up with different ‘how can we’ statements. ‘How can we’ statements are formulated from insight statements…

Small and Amazing

                               SMALL AND FINAL PROJECT The last week was special for completing our small project and start dealing with final project after the visitation we made at Muhimbili National Hospital(MNH) and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation of Tanzania (CCBRT Hospital). Where we conducted research and investigated different problems and challenges facing the Hospitals. As we observed different problems our task was to work on them and find solution based on either doing maintenance where needed and invading new appropriate technology.                                              SMALL PROJECT From the starting day of our IPT sessions in DIT design studio, I acquired variety of knowledge in different parts like knowledge in Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Arduino, Research knowledge and other Technological knowledge. Under Supervision and Training from…

Teamwork

Teamwork Bwere, Daniel E. In this internship, it is amazing how we work in teams. Unlike our classroom environment where most of the learning happens individually and sometimes in groups, the DIT Design Studio environment dwells on teamwork in order to get the job done.  During the introduction when most of my colleagues were not familiar with one another, we had a close activity called “Think-Pair-Share”. This activity initially involved proposing a question to the team, then each member was given time to think independently. Thereafter members got into pairs and shared what each one thought of the answer to the question given. Another activity was the icebreaker event which was a rapid prototyping session. This session was a competition…

BEGINNER’S MIND

BEGINNER’S MIND…Kanyempwe, Juma B. Quick Tip! One of the reasons people don’t learn any subject or skill faster is because they feel like they already know something about it, so they can’t learn something new…Does that make sense!? And one of the keys to be a faster learner is to begin with a beginner’s mind because if your cup is full you can’t put new information into it!!-Superbrain Beginner’s Mind:- In this week’s activity, we had hospital visits to Muhimbili National Hospital and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). The internship is super cool, so far we are constantly learning new skills everyday. Our main focus was on the mini project and the final project.   At    Muhimbili National Hospital…

Needs findings from target clientele

Needs findings from target clientele – Thomas N. Shetui After being done with divergent and convergent sessions on projects given i.e. handwashing station, it was high time I paid a visit to the clientele at Muhimbili National Hospital (Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric ward i.e. Makuti A) and CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam (Prosthetics and Orthotics Department).  Though information from clients at both sites wasn’t related to the information needed on handwashing challenges, some useful insights were pinpointed allowing the development of new triggers to work on as final project e.g. length boards, wall suction, central line/ ultrasound training module and bubble CPAP. Visit to Muhimbili National Hospital Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) particularly the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)…

REVISIT TO MUHUMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL

REVISIT TO MUHUMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL By: Arslan Dogar The first visit to Muhimbili National Hospital was amied at needs findings for the hospital which resulted in alot of projects that we could work on. These projects included; the bubble CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, wall sanction machine, the length board, automatic chest compressor and others. The project that we were assigned to complete was the Bubble CPAP machine for pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the hospital. There was an urgent need for the bubble CPAP machine in this unit of the hospital as it didn’t even operate a single CPAP machine. Basically Bubble CPAP is a non-invasive ventilation strategy for newborns with infant respiratory distress syndrome (IRDS). It…