Project | UCT Western Cape Breeze

LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2009

 

PROJECT LEADS:

  • University of Cape Town IEEE Student Branch
  • UCT -SHAWCO
  • Oaklands High School

 

 

 



PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES

Overview

The University of Capetown Student Branch developed a wind power turbine out of scrap material which was able to deliver 50 W of power.

Wind turbine has the potential to be used as lighting for the school or for a mobile clinic.

Over 7 sessions, secondary school students met to learn about renewable energy and to construct the wind turbine. Students learn importance of design and environmental impact.

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EPICS in IEEE PILOT PROGRAM 2009 * Excerpt from the projects final report*

” EPICS  (Engineering  Projects  in  Community  Service)‐High  is  an  IEEE  initiative  that  organizes High school students (known more formally as learners in South Africa) to  work with University students to solve engineering problems. While the concept of  EPICS is not entirely unique (introduced by Purdue University), the edge that the IEEE  has added, relates to linking EPICS with High Schools, and this opportunity is envisaged  to be eventually carried out by IEEE Organizational Units world‐wide. In 2009, the IEEE  South Africa Section gave the University of Cape Town (UCT) IEEE Student Branch (SB)  an opportunity to execute an EPICS‐High pilot project. The UCT IEEE SB has therefore  carried out an EPICS‐High project in conjunction with Westerford & Thandokhulu High  Schools. A Projects Committee was setup to plan and oversee Project execution. The  committee was composed of UCT IEEE SB members. In this way, the University of Cape  Town, along with the IEEE Student Branch, Drexel University, PA, USA is one of the first  student branches globally to carry out the IEEE EPICS‐High initiative.

The theme of the Pilot Project was renewable energy; this theme was seen as ideal  given the climate of Cape Town, which is very well‐suited to Wind Power. The Projects  Committee also felt it would be an ideal opportunity to educate participating learners  about  the importance of Renewable Energy, given the global shift towards cleaner  energy  sources.  The  Project  Team  looked  at  ways  and  means  to  develop  green  technology that have a positive impact on community.

The remainder of this report outlines the planning and execution of the EPICS‐High Pilot  Project as carried out by the various collaborators.”

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PROJECT PARTNERS

University of Cape Town – South Africa

Oaklands High School

UCT – SHAWCO