FAST students get creative to save water resource

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Community service is still at a nascent stage in Pakistan and it would take time to make the idea more acceptable at an early age. Engaging students for community work is one of the ways where by this concept can be placed and grown. With this very objective, the Design for Pakistan team went to FAST-NUCES University in H-11 Islamabad on 15 Feb with a fast-paced design workshop structured around a local community issue.

FAST IslamabadThe session was highly interactive with the students going through an immersive design experience during predefined timed modules. With the impending water crisis posing a threat to the environmental sustainability of the country, the participants were asked to design a solution for conservation of water in daily life. Not only did this exercise served as a source of awareness towards the acute water crisis of Pakistan, but also made participants realize how important a role can be played by them in solving it.

The program was attended by over 170 final year students of Computer Science and Business in the presence of senior faculty members FAST-NUCES. Representatives from the industry chipped in to assume the roles of design mentors in coaching participants and directing them in producing a viable answer to the crisis. The mentors included Ms. Namesh Nazar from the World Bank, Mr. Affan Javed from the Migration Research Group, Ms. Amna Yameen from Bahria University, Ms. Javeria Masood from Savannah College (SCAD) and Mr. Kamal Din Khan from Headstart School. The program lasted for about 1.5 hours where participants went through the design phases with the climax of the activity reached in the rapid prototyping session. Scrap materials were distributed among the groups so that a tangible shape of the idea could be formed.Saving water at FAST Islamabad

Some of the most creative solutions were produced by students including recycling of used water, tracking system of water consumption, alarm indication system for water wastage, and water crisis awareness programs. Feedback was taken from the participants right after the event and very encouraging responses were received. Majority of the participants said that such programs should take place more often so that students can learn valuable skills in addition to the core curriculum. The program concluded with Ms. Amna Khan, Deputy Manager Placement Office at FAST-NUCES, awarding souvenir shields to distinguished mentors and certificates to the DFP organizing team.