Engineers offer expertise to Rwandan schools

An Edinburgh initiative to help school children better understand biomedical engineering has been exported to Rwanda.

In collaboration with the University of Glasgow, engineering workshops and activities have been delivered in five Rwandan secondary schools. 

The programme - called Circuits! - focuses on innovative ways of teaching. Workshops included basic computer programming and diagnostic bio-sensing.

Circuits! designed the activities which were delivered by Glasgow students to more than 100 Rwandan children. 

As parts of Circuits!, Glasgow’s initiative – FemEng in Rwanda – aims to encourage high school girls to study sciences. 

The universities worked in partnership with the University of Rwanda. 

Student scheme

Students visit secondary schools to deliver engineering workshops. 

The scheme provides teachers and students with a broad understanding of the role that engineering plays in biomedicine.

Insights are provided into biomedical engineering research and diagnostic technologies to treat and diagnose infectious diseases such as malaria.

Circuits! is a fantastic collaboration between students from Edinburgh and Glasgow, who are using creative learning tools to inspire future engineering students. The initiative showcases the commitment of students to improving the lives of others and providing innovative learning opportunities for secondary school children in countries like Rwanda.

Dr Helen Szoor-McElhinneyEPSRC Proteus Engagement Strategist - The University of Edinburgh

International project

The Circuits! project is funded by The Royal Academy of Engineering and is part of the Proteus project – a £11.5 million EPSRC funded project led by the University of Edinburgh

Working directly for Proteus are some 18 postdoctoral researchers and 20 PhD students across 10 research groups. 

This team of internationally recognised researchers and academics work towards revolutionising the diagnoses of lung diseases within the intensive care environment.




FemEng in Rwanda

Biomedical Sciences