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Building an ecosystem of innovation and collaboration

UWCSEA Foundation

Innovation initiatives at UWCSEA support students to take their original concepts from ideation to launch, learning from both their successes and mistakes in pursuit of the UWC mission. The IDEAS Hub at Dover and the UWCSEA East Innovation ecosystem, encourages students to internalise an innovator’s mindset, think critically and to connect and collaborate with our local community.

This year, we were pleased to host the Smart City Programme and Challenge at the IDEAS Hub, and see the development of Tinkering Pods for Junior School students at East Campus.

The Smart City Programme and Challenge

In February and March 2021, UWCSEA hosted the Smart City Programme and Challenge in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation (HMC/KIA). Over 40 High School students from both campuses took part and the programme kicked off with a six-hour interactive lecture series delivered by experts, addressing themes of new mobility solutions, cleantech, energy, new smart services and smart infrastructure in relation to smart cities.

Culminating in a hackathon on Saturday, 27 March at UWCSEA’s IDEASHub, students formed 11 teams to create a valid business case on a smart city topic of their choice, supported by HMC/KIA and UWCSEA staff. A panel of experts judged the final projects with students competing for prizes generously supplied by HMC/KIA.

The combination of a lecture series and hackathon gave students real insights and practical hands-on experience about how technology is changing the world around them and how to develop viable solutions for the future. Congratulations to all students who took part. Thank you to our partners at HMC/KIA for helping to deliver this programme for our students.

Congratulations to our student teams!

First place: SocioPonics, a modular, smart, affordable, and configurable hydroponic unit to promote social gardening and provide smart communities with clean and healthy sources of nutrition. Rehaan and Winston (both Grade 12 students).

Second place: Smart Fitness, new workout experience through smart technology and infrastructure. Nicolau, Samh, Rasmus, Shreya and Pei (all Grade 11).

Third place: Optimisation of tree distribution, using data analytics to optimise planting outcomes. Uditi, Aakash, Anvay and Yuri (all Grade 11).

Junior School Tinkering Pods

As part of the Maker Community initiative under UWCSEA East Innovation, the Junior School now enjoys tinkering areas in their shared pod spaces. This provides students with daily access to hand tools and recycled materials, encouraging their creativity and STEM skills. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

UWCSEA East Innovation

Development of the UWCSEA East Innovation project is ongoing with the aim of embedding innovation as a focus of creative community engagement and entrepreneurial student activity across the campus. Rather than focusing on a single physical space, the initiatives being established or nurtured under the umbrella of UWCSEA East Innovation might derive from any of the five elements of our Learning Programme.

Strategic planning will include fundraising and long term sustainability of this project-based role with the possibility of creating a physical space to bring together all of the many exciting innovation activities at East.

UWCSEA East Innovation and the IDEAS Hub were established through the generosity of donors.

Learn more: IDEAS Hub on Facebook



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