July 15 MakerBay X Polytechnic University’s Global Youth Leader Summit 2019

On 15 July 2019, a group of 35 students from the Polytechnic University’s Global Youth Leader Summit paid us a visit for a half-day workshop. Participants are undergraduates and postgraduates students from across the globe. The university had not set a topic for us, but since its a leadership program, we came up with a topic that wasn’t only new to participants, it was also a new challenge for us!

Our team decided to test their understandings of current events. All 35 Students are split into seven groups of fives in random. Each group and came up with an object that either express, reflect or influence a current event that they felt was important. 

Having done a short presentation from the MakerBay Staff, the group started working on idea generation. As the schedule was extremely tight, the students only had 20 minutes to come up with an idea and present it in front of an audience. 

After a long-winded brief on workshop health and safety instructions, we made sure everyone in the wood workshop was healthy and safe. we head down to start our 90 minutes working time with 15 minutes break in between.

At the end of the workshop. Each group was given 5 minutes to present their final prototype. Their work remained on display for 5 days to all visitors and members of MakerBay. 

 We’ve picked two groups of work which we think stands out from the rest of the students:

The first group – a horror box inspired a recent case of child rape happened in Myanmar. The box is supposed to show the pain and horror suffered by the one and a half-year-old girl. By explicitly showing the pain and suffrage, they hope to raise awareness towards child rape cases around the world.

The second group – “bio” products. Upset by people throwing rubbish around the wilderness, the group design products which used materials biodegradable in a short amount of time. The product also embedded a seed which will grow quickly and require very little maintenance. To market their products, they also come up with a logo, so consumers can easily identify “bio” products in shops.

And here are some other photos we took during the workshop.

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.