An initiative involving engineering post-docs and PhD students from Heriot-Watt to help school children better understand biomedical engineering has been exported to Rwanda.

Proteus, an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration between Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Bath Universities, was, together with The University of Glasgow, awarded a prestigious Ingenious Public Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The award was to develop a programme, called Circuits!, offering creative and innovative ways to teach secondary school pupils about biomedical engineering.

Circuits! offers teachers a creative and innovative way to teach secondary school pupils about biomedical engineering. It will enhance the current Scottish curriculum by providing new insights into the applications of biomedical engineering research, including diagnostic technologies for lung disease and infectious diseases such as malaria.

Circuits! will also provide teachers with a broader understanding of the role that engineering plays in biomedicine, and support them in teaching this in an engaging way to students.

Originally aimed at enhancing the Scottish curriculum, this initiative is now being exported to Rwanda. Engineering workshops (including bioengineering and electrical engineering) and other activities have been delivered to more than 1000 Rwandan children in ten secondary schools.

A range of activities was designed by members of the Proteus team including post-docs and PhD students from IB3 and IPAQS at Heriot-Watt. These activities are currently being delivered in Rwanda by engineers from Glasgow University (FemEng) who are part of the Ingenious Circuits! team.

The universities worked in partnership with the University of Rwanda. You can keep up to date with all of the project’s news and progress with “How Ingenious!” – The Circuits! Blog