Singapore Students Engineer New Products

Posted on June 11, 2007  Comments (1)

Students design products to help environment and disabled people

“Now it’s in the eighth year and we’ve had 5,000 students on the scheme. This year the quality is quite good, I’m quite happy. Some amazing ideas such as the fish scaling device and the shuttlecock launcher,” said Mr Butler. There is no limit to innovation and creativity.

An automated shuttlecock launcher, which can adjust the launching angle of shuttlecocks, came in tops in terms of design. Currently there are no mechanical shuttlecock launchers in the market. But this launcher can not only be produced at a low cost, but also help beginners execute different strokes. Another practical design is a retractable bamboo system that improves safety when drying laundry. It also comes with a plastic cover to keep out the rain. The above are just a few examples of the 52 innovations that may just find their way into our homes and lives, once these young technopreneurs find the right investors.

I like the increasing efforts to engage university students in actually creating useful innovations. It isn’t easy to actually create winning solutions but the efforts to do so I think teach many valuable lessons. Such efforts support a change to our education system to engaging students in actual engineering projects not just problem sets (for example: Educating the Engineer of 2020: NAE ReportOlin Engineering Education ExperimentChanges at MIT for Engineering EducationEducating Engineering Geeks).

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One Response to “Singapore Students Engineer New Products”

  1. Jenny-up the hill
    June 12th, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    I like the wheelchair idea…I can’t even imagine how hard it is to have to deal with a wheelchair when you have to go to the bathroom. And a mechanism to elevate wheelchair bound people…I really like that these students are thinking in this direction. Thanks for sharing this article…

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