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The Circuits! Blog

 This blog, written by our team of Ingenious Circuits! Engineers, will follow the development and application of this fun new project. Check back here regularly for updates!

October/November 2017 – MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement student placement – Proteus

– Ellie Cawthera, Hannah Stewart and Caroline Lyth

.We had the opportunity to work with Circuits! to develop an instruction sheet that will be used at an SSERC CPD day. This will be used by secondary school science teachers who are piloting an activity based on sound waves, and it will be available on the SSERC website. We found it really exciting to be a part of this partnership work and to play a small role in this project.

14th July 2017 – Ingenious Circuits! Engineers Workshop

– Paula Pappas

A few of the FemEng team went to the University of Edinburgh to meet the Ingenious Circuits! team so that we could trial the workshop prototypes they designed for us to take to Rwanda.

Once we arrived, we shared our opinions on what public engagement means to us. We followed this up with a presentation to the group introducing what FemEng is about and our goals for supporting engineering engagement in Rwanda, linking to how we aim to use the Circuits! connection to achieve them.

Following our presentation, we had the chance to listen to the Proteus engineers as they described the incredible research they are doing and learn about their work on creating a new, improved method of diagnosing lung diseases and infections.

Having learned about the concept of their work, we tried out the workshop they designed which links to their research. The workshop involved using a Borescope camera to see into a plastic set of lungs, where we identified different coloured small balls representing different types of bacteria.

The Proteus kit
Some of the kit used for the Proteus workshop around diagnosing of lung diseases in new ways.


Afterwards, the University of Glasgow’s Dr. Melanie Jimenez provided us with an overview of her research into using sound technology to diagnose malaria in blood cells, and subsequently showed us the interactive workshop she created relating to this research. We learned that the difference in density of healthy blood cells in comparison to infected cells means that they will react to different sound frequencies, allowing them to be separated when a sample is being tested.

Melanie chats to engineers
Testing out Dr Jimenez’s workshop around blood cells and sound technologies.


Our final afternoon activity, Story Mapping, required us to identify the teaching tools that could be used to present these workshops to students. We did this by mapping out the different parts of the technologies, thinking of the different elements coming together as a whole.

The whole day was a great experience for us as it was informative and engaging and we can’t wait to test the new workshops in Rwanda! We are extremely grateful to Dr Helen Szoor-McElhinney and Dr Melanie Jimenez for organising this event for us and giving us such great resources.

6th April 2017  – Ingenious Kick Off Workshop – The Royal Academy of Engineering

– Helen Szoor-McElhinney

“Melanie and I took the train over to Glasgow Science Centre to meet the other successful Ingenious awardees as part of a Kick Off Workshop organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). It was a great opportunity to see the other engineering projects that had been selected by RAEng to be rolled out over the coming year. The projects are diverse and incredibly inspiring, from developing live, musical shows that blend engineering with theatre to exploring the world of sludgy materials and their unpredictable behaviour, plus a story telling project that brings the work of Dorothée Pullinger (1894-1986) a pioneering automobile engineer to audiences through a thought provoking new film.

We all got on so well sharing our delight of having been chosen to develop and deliver our exciting new projects. We also shared ideas around how we can rigorously evaluate our projects so that we are able to accurately measure our success once the projects are complete. I feel that the Ingenious Scotland 2017 network will provide real support and motivation for one another and Circuits! are looking forward to working closely with them over the next year and beyond…”


The team behind Circuits!
Melanie (centre right ) and I (centre left) at the Ingenious Workshop, with RAEng’s Jo and Marianne.