This Week in Class Refugee Crisis...

Hi, My name is Sabryna Strack, and this is my first time taking Innovation + Design. I am a fourth year senior at Northwood, and I live right here in Lake Placid, NY. 

This week in class we have been working on projects related to the refugee crisis. Last week we looked into what other people are doing to solve some of the refugee problems as well as some precedents. As individuals we chose among a variety of problems that refugees face in their daily lives and as a class we ended up with the topics of Nutrition/Water, Shelter, and Clothing. 

3-D printed water filter

Above is a water filter that Nemo and Jojo 3-D printed to solve the lack of clean water that refugees have available to them. Nemo and Jojo have also been looking into a powdered substance that gives you all the nutrients needed for a meal, all you have to do is add water. 

Evan, Freddy, and Gustav make up the group solving problems related to shelter. Their solution includes a prototype of a multi family unit that is durable and easy to assemble. The middle square is a common area shared by all the families and there was talk about using it for showers or laundry. The outer squares are living spaces that house one or more families. The group's solution is an upgrade for the refugees currently living in tents who face issues of flooding and freezing. 

As for the clothing group, Danielle, Lauren, and I thought it would be most useful to start a challenge video where you stand outside barefooted for one minute to simulate what it feels like living to be a refugee with inadequate clothing. The video resembles the Ice Bucket Challenge that was popular a few years ago. We came up with this idea after seeing the minimal clothing the refugees wore in cold climates, especially their shoes as we saw that most of them wore sandals in the snow, from a video shown in class.