Engineers Without Borders

The Engineers Without Borders Challenge is a design programme for first and second year university students coordinated by Engineers Without Borders UK. It’s already integrated into the engineering curriculum of 27 other UK universities and undertaken by 17% of all engineering undergraduates in the UK.

The design brief is based on a specific community in the developing world and covers a wide range of topics such as: Housing Design and Construction, Water Supply and Sanitation Systems and Energy. The EWB Challenge is done in multidisciplinary groups of 4-6 students who must collectively produce a 10 page report of their solution.

Who's it for?

UG Engineering students.

Why is it excellent?

The EWB Challenge is likely to attract engaged, globally-aware individuals who will add greatly to all aspects of the University of Bristol’s undergraduate engineering courses.

It’s formally endorsed by The Engineering Council and The Engineering Professors’ Council and participation in the programme enables students to meet many of the required learning outcomes for the UK SPEC.

Students are provided with the opportunity to develop many skills such as teamwork, project management, communication and the ability to think creatively and innovatively. Participation in the EWB Challenge also gives students greater context and meaning to less applied engineering modules, which many of the students who already attend EWB Bristol events express a desire for in order to remind them why they chose to study engineering. There is the possibility to turn it into a multidisciplinary experience. It fits with the vision of Bristol Futures.

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