Understanding the importance of applying classroom learnings to real-life, IES Foundation Year students from Spring Hill have recently come together to solve real-world issues.

Having taken inspiration from large-scale units that develop water-from-air solutions, a group of innovative IES students developed Aquallea, a small prototype unit designed to extract humidity in the air to generate water. “Its solar panels, natural cooling and filtration systems make Aquallea energy efficient. It is economical, environmentally-friendly and small-scale, which makes it ideal for use in family households or office environments,” said Chris Evason, Managing Director, International Education Services (IES).

Aquallea is only one of many original prototypes successfully designed by IES students. The prototypes will all be displayed in an open exhibition on Wednesday 27th November at 433 Boundary St, Spring Hill, in which judges from The University of Queensland (UQ) will award the most inventive and sustainable projects created. “We want students to develop a critical stance with their work. Learning within a context of authentic, problem-based STEM design allow students a better understanding of the impact of their learning. This helps to instil essential problem-solving techniques among students, and increases their chances of success in their future career,” said Mr Evason.

For over 20 years, IES Foundation Year has been preparing international students for university, with more than 8,000 students having successfully transitioned into their chosen undergraduate degrees at The University of Queensland. Fostering its commitment to real-world learning and social cohesion, IES College now welcomes expressions of interest from prospective local students and families for Year 11, 2021. IES College is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), and plans to deliver the programme to both Year 11 and Year 12 local and international students from 2021.

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