Request for Proposals: New Ideas Clinic Activities

The Engineering Ideas Clinic has had a wonderful 4 years of program growth and adoption; as of fall 2019, all engineering programs have their own discipline-specific Engineering Design Day activity, and over 5500 students participated in an Ideas Clinic activity in 2019.  Some initiatives, like our teamwork training modules, have been a huge success, with over 11,000 students benefitting from them since the program began in 2016.  

As we seek to expand the number and diversity of immersive, engineering design activities in the middle academic years, the Ideas Clinic has created an open call for new activity proposals, and have offered a total of $60,000 in funding for eligible projects.  The full details of this program for 2020 can be seen in the attached pdf document and powerpoint slides.

Team of students working on 1B Nano Engineering Design Days activity

Successfully funded projects in 2020
Proposal Title Brief Summary of Activity
Sensors using capacitance Students will use the principle of capacitance to analyse, design, construct, and test a sensor of their own choosing (Details on the pilot offering can be seen here).
Video game-based control systems labs Existing labs in control theory will be migrated to a digital platform where students will implement a control system on a video game-based challenge
Metal casting lab Students will cast a specified part using the lost-wax method, will reflect on pros/cons of design. Students will then design their own mold and cast a new part.
Entrepreneurial Mindset - Technology assets and IP literacy introduction Students will examine entrepreneurship case studies, analyze new intellectual property opportunities, and will run design sprints to identify new opportunities for partner organizations and Engineering faculty for commercialization potential