Welcome to a unique online ecosystem created for engineering students to transform complex theories and concepts into virtual product models with the overall goal of building engineering prototypes that solve every-day African problems and serve as teaching aids in engineering education.
3D solid modeling makes it possible to create models that can not only be tested for engineering quality but also used to demonstrate the working of machines and equipment in ways that may not even be possible in areal laboratory. This involves a combination of modeling, design, simulation, and prototyping drive to include software development.
Our Virtual laboratory is the new vehicle for engineering knowledge delivery in its most effective form.
Students enrolled in the S2PAfrica Initiative Internship Program are tasked with several engineering design projects that form the central theme of the virtual laboratories, with Instruction from the program Faculty.
To get accepted into our Internship Program, students must have gained some expertise in these 4 subjects;
The Interns are encouraged to master the use of Autodesk Fusion 360 for 3D modeling, using its Application Programmer Interface and are expected to carry out projects using the Autodesk CFD package. With these tools, they can create complex product designs in an optimal virtual space, examine performance, and build models that can be tested by changing several parameters to determine what geometric properties influence performance.
These projects are also prepared as critical teaching resources both within and outside the classroom.
The virtual laboratories provide design flexibility, minimize design errors, cut out manual drudgery and ultimately produce young engineers who are masters of product creation and are adequately prepared to serve competently and compete favorably in industry.
Autodesk Fusion 360 software
Autodesk CFD and 3D Printers
We are currently working with 4 bright young minds who are taking on several impressive projects for the virtual laboratory. Their work is an eloquent demonstration of what students can accomplish even before they reach their capstone year of study.
Our projects are focused primarily on the areas of turbo machinery and energy-efficient devices, partly based on the classroom instruction we have provided on the combination of scenario automation and Computational Fluid Mechanics simulation.
Our interns have completed 9 projects so far within these engineering fields.
Big thanks to all our attendees, competitors, judges, corporate and individual sponsors for making the first S2P Engineering Design Competition a success.
Huge congratulations to our 10 finalists and to team Koye Hydro who emerged ahead of over 40 teams as the Winner of the S2PAfrica EDC 2022, taking home $10,000 IDRC grand prize and $2000 from Cummins West Africa, to fund the development of their project as well as teams KeyTrick and Improved Charcoal Stove came in second and third respectively.
A new bar has been set and we can’t wait for EDC 2023.
A feature interview with Miss Bukunmi Shonde, one of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students who took the Continuum Mechanics course developed by S2PAfrica. She was on a six-month internship program with Tropical Naturals Limited Lagos, Nigeria, and shares in this interview how she was able to apply knowledge obtained in the classroom during her internship.
Since the inception of our Internship Program, we have worked with 4 promising engineering students and their curiosity, intelligence, and hard work have enriched the program immensely. They have also done an excellent job of creating our virtual laboratories, all of this accomplished before reaching their capstone year.