On Saturday September 30, 22 Danforth students from grade 9 to 12 attended the WISE Design Challenge at U of T. This is run by the local chapter of Women In Science and Engineering, to encourage more female high school students to consider STEM careers. It was an intense afternoon of competition and collaboration. Here is what 4 Danforth girls had to say
“We were given three different challenges that we could try to find a solution for. After a few hours, we then presented our solution to a panel of judges and all the other groups in the room. I found that this event helped improve my cooperation, creativity, and presentation skills. I was very much impressed with the other groups’ ideas and it was interesting to see how there are multiple solutions for every challenge. I have decided to join the WISE High School Mentorship program again as I found last year’s program was great. I’m looking forward to the future WISE events.” Alison W.
“We decided to tackle was how we would go about surviving on an overheating deserted island, where the surrounding water is contaminated, all the other people with us are wounded, and the only things we were given were Tupperware, mirrors, and string. My group separated what we needed to do into four categories, water, food, shelter, and healthcare. Overall my team worked really well together, coming up with our ideas and presenting. I enjoyed taking part in the challenge and would love to do it again next year.” Claire D.
“My group decided to design an app for healthcare, the app would be able to tell you where you need to go, ie hospital or walk in clinic, and based on your symptoms and then direct you to wherever you have to go. The app also had your full medical history, that could be edited by your doctor. Doctors could also find you profile by scanning your health-card. It could be used at home or in a hospital waiting room, so that doctors could know the patients symptoms before they saw them. The app would also automatically alert certain contacts if you had an accident and we’re in the hospital.” Taylor B.
“My experience at the WISE design challenge was amazing. It was fun to learn and work with high school students of different ages, I also found it inspiring to talk with university students about their areas of study. Overall it was great!” Maxine S.