Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Reflections - Day 2

Day 2:

What did you do today?

I worked in a group to complete the construction of a water tower, which is supposed to be able to support weights. We then had a competition to see which group’s tower lasted under the heaviest weight.

What did you learn today?

I learnt how to design a structure to increase its stability and toughness, by adding supports at the base and having ‘X’ like structures between the main legs of the tower etc.

How do you feel about today’s activities?

I feel that it was enjoyable and that it was a unique experience, which has allowed me to work in a university-styled environment with its engineering lab in particular and the professors to assist you. I really appreciate the chance to explore slightly into the engineering course, which can give me a chance to evaluate my interests.

How may this discipline be applied elsewhere?

It can help in designing water towers worldwide to suit the particular environment, which can withstand heavy loads of water. It can also help in architectural design, particularly in constructing foundations.

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