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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) |