IF A PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS, A PROTOTYPE IS WORTH 1000 MEETINGS

The first task of the week was to complete all of the activities from the previous five weeks as well as the prototype planning for all three projects in the digital workbook. Following that, we divided the work for the prototype among ourselves to ensure that the sub sections that were necessary for us to complete during this day in accordance with our weekly prototype plan are done. These are: For each of the three projects, block schematics, circuit diagrams, and 3D designs


The next day began with an evaluation of the previous day's work. Although additional tasks needed to be completed on the circuit diagrams because additional components could not be found in the simulation softwares offered, the circuit and block diagrams for all three projects had already been finished. After that, using a laser cutter to create the established 3D design, the task of creating the physical Low Fidelity Prototype utilizing cartons began. While other parts of the neonatal monitor project were still unfinished and were scheduled for completion the next day, the laparoscopic and vein finder 3D Designs were finished.


We began evaluating the circuits of all the projects on Wednesday in order to finish constructing the 3D design for the Neonatal Monitor, as we were still having issues simulating the circuits on the simulation program. After that, we had a discussion with our teaching assistants about how to construct our circuits, and they also provided us with information on the actions we should take to ensure that the issue we are having is resolved.


We managed to create the 3D design for the laparoscopic endoscopic stapler and apply other components on the Neonatal Monitor Low Fidelity Prototype while we were concluding the work on Thursday morning in preparation for the afternoon presentation. We presented our low-fidelity prototypes to our teaching assistants, Ms. Will Moyo, the country manager of Design Studio, and Ms. Maureen Vale, a biomedical engineer at Rice360 based at QECH, in the afternoon. We were evaluated on all of our projects, with the main goal being to improve their functionality because our prototypes lacked it.


We had a session with the Dzuka Africa Team on the last day of the week. They showed us how to use the business problem tree, business model canvas, and the theory of change from the business idea to the business' impact, as well as how to ask ourselves "WHY" five times to confirm the necessity for our venture.Later on, we implemented all the skills that we were taught in our Business Ideas.


In conclusion, the week was one to remember because using the low fidelity prototype inspired me to develop more useful talents.


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