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Louise Bloom writes for the Humanitarian Innovation Project Blog on the ‘student design challenge’, part of Engineering and Humanity Week

Students participating in the water challenge © RSC / L Bloom
Students participating in the water challenge

Last week as part of Engineering and Humanity Week, co-hosted by our Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP), I helped lead an exciting ‘student design challenge’ focused on using biomimicry techniques to overcome the water quantity and quality problems faced by those who live in the Ali Addeh Camp, Djibouti. Based on a real-life scenario about 80 students undertook an afternoon of intensive training, consisting of an overview of Djibouti and the Ali Addeh camp, and techniques to take nature as inspiration for solutions to some of the water challenges there.


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