What is The Engineer of 2050?

The Hubble Telescope was deployed in Spring of 1990 at an orbit just over 500km from Earth. Just over 30 years later, in Winter of 2021, the James Webb Telescope launched and is currently in orbit over 1.5 million km from Earth! What will our space explorations and telescopes look like in ANOTHER 30 years?

In 1990, the Human Genome Project launched to identify all human genes. Today, with Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) technology, we have started to explore the editing of human embryos to change characteristics from height to eye colour. What is next? Where will biomedical engineering by 30 years down the road?

Just under 15% of the World’s population (~5.5 billion people) were undernourished in 1993. Today, about 10% of the world population (over 8 billion) is still undernourished. Have we as an earthly community done enough to change this? What will these statistics look in 2050? What technology/innovations might we see develop to bring this percentage to zero?

Over 30 years ago, in 1991, the first Offshore Wind Farm started operation off the coast of Denmark. It provided 5 MW of energy for ~2,200 homes. In 2020, the second stage of the World’s largest Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the UK has a nameplate capacity of ~3,000 MW and can power over 2 million homes. What will our Wind Farms be capable of in 2050? What other huge renewable energy projects might we see?

Explore and create your answer for these questions and more at Virtual Ventures’ The Engineer of 2050. We invite students from grades 7 – 10 to reflect on the last 30 years of technological innovation through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Canadian Dean’s Engineering Grand Challenges. Upon this reflection, these students will turn their gaze 30 years into the future and develop a design of their vision as well as a pitch presentation to their fellow students.

About this Event

What: A FREE workshop to explore, design, build & pitch your visions of 2050!

Who: Youth in grades 7-10

Location: Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa, ON

Note: Space is limited.

Date Time
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 9:00am – 12:00 pm

All technology and materials will be provided.


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