Doha College hosts “Reduce through Reuse” Design and Technology competition
Students collected electro-mechanical products that were broken, disused or discarded, and breathed new life into them using innovation combined with model-making skills. Examples of outcomes given to the students included an old bicycle transformed into a trailer that could be used for a mobile business, discarded LED string lights sewn into clothing to make cyclists more visible, or a discarded bicycle wheel transformed into a kinetic sculpture.
Although the finished products did not need to be highly polished or focused on aesthetics, they had to meet a number of requirements, like be useful or solve a problem, cost nothing to produce, and be made of recycled/discarded objects. They had to be able to be completed within a normal DT workshop or classroom, and the emphasis was on repeatable processes with minimal machinery to achieve the desired output.
It has been an exciting opportunity for students around the world, from a huge range of cultures and experiences, to engage in real-world problems, being viewed by real-world engineers.
Steven Daly, Design and Technology Teacher