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Engineering students solve 10 of Toronto’s persistent problems

April 6, 2016

Toronto, ON – This Friday, April 8, University of Toronto Engineering students will present their solutions to 10 of Toronto’s most persistent problems. From helping epileptic children learn to write to designing better tools for collecting street litter, these first-year students are working with local communities, companies and agencies with a single goal: to improve life in Toronto.

These students are fun to talk to, and there will be lots of prototypes and demonstrations to see. Examples include:

  • Smart signage for Allan Gardens on Jarvis
  • Improving efficiency of honey bottling for Toronto’s urban beekeepers
  • Faster drying of sweaty ice skates in the 600-square-foot Nathan Phillips Square Skate Shack

And lots more—I attach the complete news release with details about all 10 final challenges, narrowed down from an initial list of 72. Students tackle these challenges as part of their first-year engineering design course called Praxis.


U of T Engineering — Praxis II Showcase
Friday, April 8, 2016
Great Hall, Hart House — 7 Hart House Circle

Media showcase: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm; members of the media are welcome to attend throughout)


Media Contact:

Marit Mitchell | Communications & Media Relations Strategist
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto
Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street, Room 3004, Toronto, ON  M5S 2E4
416-978-4498 (desk) | 647-228-4358 (cell) |