The University students have been given the opportunity to work on a 'live' project; to design, produce and present their idea for a refurbished IT Lab in a school in Malawi. Their finished designs will be indivdually reviewed by ITSA and Computers for Malawian Schools (our programme in Malawi) to determine which will be used in conjunction with our next IT Lab Project. You can read more about the success of our current IT projects here.
They began their task by gathering information from the various stakeholders involved with the IT Lab; listening to the students, teachers, the Programme Manager in Malawi as well as the ITSA team and asking a series of questions from which they made their initial conceptual drawings from.
After this stage the students conducted further more in depth research to really understand the requirements of the project. They visited a local school to discover what the students and teachers there, felt was most important when designing a lab. The next step was to amalgamate their ideas and create them using special design software.
The designs will then be judged on their ability to meet the needs and requirements of the next IT Lab project. The course leader, Michelle Williams spoke of the student's real engagement with the project, "The students have really enjoyed this project. Getting to grips with a real design problem has been a great learning opportunity for them and they have come with some really creative solutions."