Design Day Term 1

My key takeaways from today.

One of the key takeaways that I got today was from the TED talk by Nikolai Begg. In the video he talks about how the average person assumes that there are teams of scientists trying to solve all problems.  However, he demonstrated that in America alone 30,000 people die of an easily avoidable problem. He spent two years working on a design for a syringe that would not accidentally puncture peoples skin. After just two years of design he created a simple tool that saves thousands of lives each year.

If I could do it all again…

If I could do it all again I would have spent less time trying to perfect the one design that we settled on and attempted other prototypes. This way we would have tested many of other possible heart designs.

I used to think..

I used to think that the heart valve is quite a simple mechanism so I did not think of it to be much of a special evolutionary feature. However, today we tried to replicate an actual heart valve and realised that it’s actually quite complicated and impossible to build. I am now a lot more impressed with the heart and it’s features.