Engineers Without Borders

For: Year 10 and 11 students

Programs will commence on Tuesday 9 May 2017


Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is to engineering what Medicins Sans Frontieres is to medicine. It is an organisation that focusses on developing community based, small scale, grassroots engineering programs that are innovative, appropriate to the needs of local people and environment, and sustainable. It works in close collaboration with developing communities both in Australia and overseas, assisting them to gain access to the knowledge, resources and technologies they need to improve their livelihoods.

In UniSA Connect’s ‘Engineers Without Borders’ program, students are introduced to the work of EWB and undertake two interactive challenges based on the themes of access to clean water and saving energy.

What will students do?

The First Challenge: Water Filtration

Working in groups, students are allocated the role of an EWB team working in one of a number of countries. Each group needs to design and construct a water filter from everyday materials that can convert dirty water to cleaner water.


  • purchase filter components within their country’s budget
  • construct the filter with the materials and resources that are available to their country
  • test the filter

The Second Challenge: Energy Audits

Working in the same groups, students will work within a scenario that presents the typical energy usage for a facility in a developing country. Each group needs to analyse the energy usage and suggest ways that energy, and ultimately money, can be saved.


  • analyse the energy usage of a facility
  • use secondary data sources to investigate viable alternatives to large energy usage activities
  • make recommendations on how change could be implemented to save energy and money

The session concludes with a presentation of successful EWB projects, to show how engineering can and does improve people’s lives.


  • As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress.
  • Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information


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