As a recent graduate of electronic engineering, I was planning my next career steps of becoming an educator. Whilst I was preparing to make the transition, I came across the role of a Studio Facilitator with NMiTE Ingenuity Studio which instantly sparked my interest. During my undergraduate studies, I had limited opportunities to apply what I had learned in my course. Therefore, I felt an immediate synergy when I came to learn about NMiTE’s mission to change how engineering is taught by way of real-world challenges.
My undergraduate research focused on energy harvesting (deriving and storing energy from external sources for low power electronics), in particular wind and RF (radio frequency) energy. The design consisted of the two harvesters integrated into one in such a way that the antenna that was harvesting the RF energy was also the support of a transformer and a flexible membrane that fluttered in the wind. Attached to the membrane was a magnet which, when fluttering in the wind, generated electricity through electromagnetic principles of Faraday’s law.
As part of the team, my role entails running Sprints (workshops) and Toolkits (skills development) in Studio 1, inspiring young people to explore the concepts in engineering, who may not have an opportunity to do so otherwise. These activities, like the academic programme being developed at NMiTE, focuses on the principles of engineering by exploring them in a real-world context. I will be introducing IoT (Internet of Things) to young people. IoT is rapidly increasing momentum, especially in the engineering sector. Its application is wide and far reaching. Students will be able to develop their own systems within a network to monitor physical conditions such as temperature and water levels and even social media activity.