Friday, 09 March 2018

Students display water saving ideas

GOOD CAUSE: Chemical Engineering students came up with great displays to draw attention to the water crisis. GOOD CAUSE: Chemical Engineering students came up with great displays to draw attention to the water crisis.

The creative juices have been flowing in the Chemical Engineering Department where first year students have created eye-catching displays to draw attention to the water crisis.

Engineering communications lecturer Ayesha Reiners said students were required to do research on the water crisis in Cape Town as part of their first assignment.

“The groups of students then had to use this knowledge to create awareness of the current water crisis in the form of a visual display in the Science building. The students illustrated this crisis in an original and fun way, yet also keeping it real. It was relevant to the CPUT community and they provided practical solutions for water saving on a daily basis," said Reiners.

Students also came up with creative ideas to lead people to their displays. For example, a trail of emoticons lead to one display, and another group used blue ribbons – similar to the pink ribbons for breast cancer – to draw attention to the cause.

One of the displays was a dripping tap that the students designed themselves. Bright blue water was used to attract attention to the water dripping. This display created awareness of how a dripping tap can waste water. Another display used 25 two litre bottles to build a water fountain. This showed off the 50 litre allocation each person is allowed per day.

“Teaching and Learning doesn’t take place in the classroom only. It’s amazing how the displays drew attention from the CPUT public. The students were inundated with questions. The students succeeded in their task,” said Reiners.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

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