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Design is intelligence made visible…

Design is intelligence made visible… Neema Bryceson Kambo   29th August 2021 The week started with the bundling of ideas where we had to group the ideas generated from “How can we”  statements obtained from downloaded learnings.   Picture showing “How can we” statements that were generated  Unlike the previous week, this week we had to make our problem solving ideas visible. It started with a little bit of convergence from several ideas obtained from the interview and our visit to Amana Regional Referral Hospital. We made four prototypes out of boxes, cardboard boxes and plastic cups. The first prototype was a transparent tank so that the water level was visible. The second one was a series of tanks, the…

AN AMAZING AND FUN WEEK AT THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO

AN AMAZING AND FUN WEEK AT THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO Maximilian Donath Mkenda. August 23, 2021 Last week was fantastic! We started with a battle of sumo bots. It was a funny competition because most bots weren’t programmed well so most of them were misbehaving. My bot’s name was ‘LMNTRIX’. I named it after the crew in the “Step up” movie. Even though my bot wasn’t that good, it got me to third position. As shown in Figure 1, the two bots fighting are LMNTRIX (the black one with a yellow board) and Jaren. LMNTRIX won this round.  Figure 1: The bots’ challenge whereby one bot must be a winner Also we did the Bio-design needs exploration on how to…

YEAH !! LET’S DIVE!

YEAH !! LET’S DIVE! Do you still remember in last weeks’ blog, the part where I spoke out about the design processes and stages? Ugh! Don’t worry  about that, I know it has been a long and perhaps a rough week for you. Just in case you want to review it click right here. Well, before I give you a quick glance about last week (16th -20th AUG) events in our Design Studio I have a question for you, have you ever dived before? I know it is scary sometimes but all you need in order to dive in any water source is patience, confidence, some goggles, a snorkel and harpoon for chasing the sharks and piranhas away. Are you…

A wonderful week!!!

What a wonderful week… The week started with a sumo bot (robot) challenge whereby through the knowledge of Arduino we got from the previous week, we were able to program our sumo bots. The challenge was very interesting. Picture showing Sumo bot challenge A Design Thinking session followed after the sumo bot challenge whereby we learnt how to internalize the problem through empathizing. The procedure required primary research (interview, observation and questionnaire) and later secondary research from different sources like key sites and media. During the study we were given a problem: Why do DIT canteen users not wash their hands? in which we had to analyze some attributes of it. After the analysis we came up with answers of…

Design Thinking

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021 Blog #2 –  The first week of the internship was really a busy one, with a lot of skills to learn and a lot of challenges to work on. The second week however was really calm and more a week of reflections, discussions and sharing ideas amongst each other. We went through how one could come from a problem to a solution in a more efficient way. It was really astonishing to learn how understanding a problem well could make the journey from a problem to a solution a lot more productive. To better understand problems that were solved by technology, we looked at the attributes of an appropriate technology. It is important to make sure that…

STRONG WEEK

  Last week was a tough one because we did different activities such as studying the generation and failure of Roundabout Playpump appropriate technology in Africa, problem context and some lectures about empathy, synthesis, research methods and the double diamonds concept. After forming groups, my teammates and I were assigned to solve a pLS

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding…

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding… Neema Bryceson Kambo    21st August 2021 We started with a design thinking session where we were trying to understand how to internalize the problem through empathizing. The process required primary research (interview with the targeted end users) and later secondary research from different sources. During the study we were given a problem: “Why don’t people wash their hands at the DIT canteen?” in which we had to discuss some attributes of it. We analyzed the problem and came up with some attributes. Picture showing how we analyzed the hand washing problem  After the study we were divided into two groups: Team Amana and Team Selcom. I was in team Amana in…

SUMO BOT COMPETITION

SUMO BOT COMPETITION Fuad Abdallah, August 23, 2021. This week had a very exciting start with a sumo bot competition. The sumo bot competition is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle.  We were assigned to create a sumo bot for this competition. I started creating my sumo bot at home this past weekend by writing the program for the sumo bot and created a prototype. I tested it each time I updated my program. It was such a fun process because I even created my own ring at home to test it. I updated my program multiple times while testing it until I got what I intended, then I started designing…

The Human-Centered design

Problems happen every day in our societies and as human nature, we always try to find a way to solve them. But what differentiates a solution from a good solution? What differentiates a solution from the solution that is needed? As Engineers and problem solvers, we should never solve problems for our societies inside our labs, but we should reach out to society. We should reach out and build a strong empathy then conduct interviews to better understand those who we are building a solution for, thereafter we can use our skills to make an impactful solution. This approach is called the Human-Centered design approach.   The Human-Centered design approach helps us to create innovative new solutions rooted in people’s…

FIRST WEEK OF LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021

During this week we started by learning Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Fusion 360 Software. Fusion 360 is nice software to get started with CAD because it has a simple and friendly user interface and cloud storage capability for the projects which allows working on different computers. We started drawing basic shapes and specifying basic dimensions as normal Engineering drawings. After we had covered some basics we were given a task to draw 3D shapes and print them using a 3D printer. The figure below is the drawing which I was tasked to draw. The above object was used to certify us on our 3D printers skills. This certification required us to import an STL file from Fusion 360 then…