School of Engineering student team places second at the UNESCO World Engineering Day Hackathon

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Aquam Solis is among three UBC Okanagan teams who advanced to the final round of this year’s Hackathon that sought solutions to three of the world’s most pressing issues: hunger, clean water, and good health.

Aquam Solis designed a solution to address clean water and sanitation. The team of engineering students was inspired and motivated through their first-year design courses: APSC 169 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering Design and APSC 171 Engineering Drawing and CAD/CAM. The courses teach students about the engineering design process, project lifecycle, professional responsibility, rapid prototyping, dimensioning and tolerances, and computer-aided design and modelling.

The team developed a portable filtration device to purify water during extreme flooding events. The device floats on top of the water and cleans water through a passive system. The solution is scalable, affordable and easy-to-use.

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