03 Jul Sheffield students to represent UK at engineering competition
A group of bioengineering students from the University of Sheffield have been selected from 50 competing teams as one of five to represent the UK in the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2017.
The team of undergraduate students will fly to Washington DC on July 18th to take part in the competition after judges at the Engineering a Better World Student innovation Competition 2017 selected them to represent the UK.
The team won based on their idea for a prosthetic arm that could be made from bike parts and used by amputees in developing countries.
The design is easy to make, cheap and uses readily available materials. A video demonstrating the construction of the arm can be viewed below:
The competition is the third in a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The 2017 Summit aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.