STEM PATHWAYS PROJECT
ABOUT STEM PATHWAYS
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Pathways is a yearlong course which aims to provide a platform to those interested in STEM to realise their ideas. Those that chose to pursue this course then work with a mentor to design and build their projects which must provide a solution to real-world problems of global significance.
The process and the thinking behind it
I have a passion for automobiles therefore wanted to make some sort of automobile project for a long time. Looking at the requirement of the community around me I have decided to work to electrify wheelbarrows and implement it in the rural areas of Kenya. Some personal aims of this project are -
To learn more about the componenets that go into building a car such as the suspension, steering rack and drivetrain.
Learn more about electrical componenets in general such as wiring and how they function.
Gain more hands-on experience actually fabricatiing parts through welding and 3D printing.
The first stage of the project involves a lot of research and planning with dimensions and finding the materials required to build it.
The second stage involves collecting all the materials required along with a finalized plan on the dimensions of the whole car and knowing where all the parts are going to go.
The final stage is actually getting to electrifying the wheelbarrow. This means fabricating any parts that needs to be custom made and then adding other pieces onto the build such as the suspension,battery, motor and braking systems. Another challenge is taking parts of the pre made wheelbarrow and seeing how the componenets would work in that frame.