NEF1103 Engineering and the Community: Websites

About the EWB Challenge

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to create significant changes through humanitarian engineering. Its aim is to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, energy, sanitation and hygiene, waste systems and engineering education.

The EWB Challenge provides an opportunity for 1st year engineering students to address a real life engineering problem. 

Participation in the challenge enhances your problem solving and design skills all contributing to making you a 'global engineer'.

Current EWB Challenge for Australian Students

Many refugees live year in, year out with little hope of ever returning home. The only solution for them is to build a new life in the country of asylum, and to integrate into the local community. 

The Challenge has partnered with UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges Agency) in Zambia to deliver the 2016–17 EWB Challenge. This year’s Challenge focuses on the UNHCR’s work in the Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement in the Kaoma District of Zambia’s Western Province. It looks at developing engineering and technical solutions to assist with the refugee integration and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for them in Mayukwayukwa and the local Zambian host communities.

Read more about This year’s Challenge.

Evaluating websites

Information from web sites can be very easy to find. Due to the nature of the web, it is very important to evaluate anything that you find before including it in an assignment or essay.

Anyone can author or publish material on a web site. No quality control process is required.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't use information from web sites just that you need to apply an evaluation criteria to understand: 

 Authority - What type of site is it? Who authored the content? What was the intended audience?

 Accuracy - What evidence is presented? Does the site reference other sources?

 Currency - When was the last time the site was updated? Does the information presented have a "published" date?