Science by Social

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Science by Social: Social issues stands with engineering and science.

sala Aljadida, MoroccoSala Aljadida, Morocco
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A lot of undergraduate students have enough knowledge in engineering but they luck work experience, so they find difficulties to find a job, just after graduation, so these students could use their theoretical knowledge to solve the problems of people in their community(water,sources of energy...)

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all undergraduate students apply their skills in engineering,to solve problems of their community, they will have a strong work experience,before even being graduated,this will help them in being ready for their job.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

A lot of problem in my community like of source of energy, water and education, because of poverty and illiteracy, we choose a community,tackle their problem, then move to another one. people are still suffering from this, because they do not have enough knowledge to solve their problems, at the same time undergraduate students sufferfrom lack of experience, they need to practice their knowledge,I'm one of these students,there are many.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

SbyS was launched in 2013 was launched in my university,we are working in the workshop of the university where there is some machines to work with,each year all the clubs of the university present themselves to new students so they can have an idea about our aim and objectives,we have contact email for students who want to adhere to our club,and also students can come directly to me and ask for adhering,because the university is not that much big.we get together and work in our workshop,and when we need to collect problems we go outside the university and choose a sample of people we want and start the process of collecting data. (I do not have enough space to elaborate more the problem)

Awards

3 patents,one of them is at the international scale
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

SbyS was launched in 2013,some members have patented some projects,which is rare at the undergraduate level.one of the projects is patented at the international scale.Students adhering to SbyS started linking their theoritical knowledge with the problems we collect all together through our community, finally we end up by technical solutions to them,one of the projects done within our club is called Solar cooker oven students used Optics background to build this prototype project.So Students get work experience while studying and the same time they solve the problems of their community.At the outside students start being productive at 3months,which means they start building something,the fact that will make them good engineers in the future.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Success for us is to see how our work and our knowledge changes life of our community, if we build a turbine for example and test it, if it works, we are going to implement it,by doing that,and showing people how we did it they can manufacture more, by just taking the one we did and give it to a manufacturer for duplicating. Our mission is to build the 1st prototype, because we do not have this capacity of manufacturing yet. In the future we may make it bigger.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

to keep our activity sustainable, we think of building a project that will attract the attention of the manufacturers, so we can negotiate our product with one of them, therefore we will have a source of revenue. In 10 years I want to make students practice their engineering skills and see my community using their free sources of energy for their benefit, without the need of purchasing energy(just an example), and I hope that this will decrease the rate of poverty in my community, and strengthen the work experience of the students before graduating.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

as I mentioned before,we can partner with manufacturers which are interested in our projects therefore, we will have a source of revenue, we already have some patents, some of them attracted the attention of some manufacturers, we just need to get more experience on that. because we have also our studies that we should focus on.the work we do is not easy.In addition,each student that will join the club will pay 15 $ a symbolic amount of money.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are some clubs that working also in finding some technical techniques for their communities like Enactus,but most of them are concentrating on working on one project per year ,but within Science by Social students could work on many projects in parallel then we have 2 goals,the 1st one is to apply our theoretical knowledge in reality,the 2nd one is to find technical solutions for problems in our communities,and it will be for the 1st time that in our country, students are patenting their projects at the undergraduate level.
Team

Founding Story

My 1st year at the university in 2012 was the point of change in my life,at the time I’ve started asking myself questions like (what is the benefit of studying these theories if we do not apply them?),this question pushed me to find a way to concretize what I’ve learnt.,I met a skilled engineer in our university who was the responsible of the place we are working right now,he appreciated the idea,and he guided me to the places where I can know about problems.I did my first visit to a village with him to collect problems facing the community there,and we've started working on them,our 1st project was an incubator for eggs.Afterwords I’ve started gathering my classmates to adhere to the club.

Team

Our Advisor is an important element in our club,he is an engineer who owns a small company ,he works in this field of renewable energy,he has an experience of 25 years,most of the time we get inspired from him,aand he know a lot of people working in this field with whom we can partner,We are about 20 members,4 members of them adhered right after launching the club,the others have adhered recently,we have The supervisor who is an engineer who guides the students his full-time job is to supervise students, then the founder who is the president of the club who is managing the progress of the projects ,2 Vice president,3 responsibles for communication during our visits to collect the issues through our community ,some of them talk additional languages so they can talk with the people in different communities, Treasurer,3 responsible for organizing visits( Logistics). The other students in the club have also the power to change anything they see that it is going wrong,which means that we are not undergoing this hierarchy.
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Comments

Mentor Dida's picture

Hey friend,

Great job! I was an engineering student as well and I was inspired by a program at my school to pursue Social Entrepreneurship. Keep up the good work.

Pitch:
Great! Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? Talk more about the problem! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.
What if:
I think you can have a stronger what if, think of what would the impact be if students use their technical skills to driven change?
Problem:
This needs more work. How many people are having this problem? Why is this happening? Why is this not solved yet? What is the root cause of this problem? Much work needs to be done to understand the problem. Ask people. Talk to 30 people who are having this experience and see what they think. Why is this the a problem?
Solution:
How are you going to get students together? Where are you going to find students? What is special about this solution? How will these students find the problems they want to solve? More details would help.
Example:
I like it, it seems like a humanitarian engineering project. Where was it launched? Think of how would one individual get to interact with this program? Is it a physical space or an online platform, or where do they meet to get to work on these projects. Check out Global Resolve at ASU online, they are doing something cool and you might want to partner with them.
Impact:
How do you define success? How are you going to measure that (whether you did it or not)? If you say the goal is to build a turbine that is fine, but it would be more powerful if you would say; this years project goal is to create energy for 100 households or something like that.

Full impact:
This is a very strategic part. Think of creating a repeatable and scalable model that is simple to replicate and there is a source of revenue to keep it sustainable. Think of a vision statement, what would it look like 10 years from now? What would you impact be? Set a vision that you want to accomplish and then everything that you do should be to reach that point. A cool vision statement that I like is from Oxfam: A just world without poverty. Think of something simple but also that makes you strive to achieve.

Sustainability:
Sponsors yes, but also think of a revenue stream. If you sell the electricity produced from a turbine, that would make some money? Partners might help as well, check out Global Resolve at ASU.
Marketplace:
Good! Analyze how others are doing this, and then extract important details and then improve upon them.
Founding:
I like it!
Team:
This is great! Think of also having an advisory board of people who are influencers in those fields.