Since 2014, undergraduate students at the University of Pretoria have been part of an international student team, Aircraft for Rhino and Environmental Defence (AREND). This team has formed a multidisciplinary, multinational, vertically integrated collaboration to design, build and fly an electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in support of South Africa’s anti-poaching operations.
This has opened up opportunities for experiential learning for the students who have taken part, allowing for exposure to multi-disciplinary team work and international and industry collaboration while applying the technical skills learnt in the class room in a real-world scenario. Read more about it in the latest edition of EBIT's magazine Innovate (Issue 17, 2022)
The UAV in the workshop