A team of 3 young Ghanaian engineers just won the Field Ready Ventilator Challenge. These students are alumni from Field Ready’s employability programmes in Mozambique and Ghana and they recently participated in a competition to design a simple, practical, and scalable ventilator to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
According to MyJoyOnline, the contest happened indoors amid the lockdown, which is Field Ready’s way of leveraging the talents of present and past students during the outbreak. Even if everyone involved had an engineering background, none of them had any experience when it comes to designing ventilators.

Ghanaian engineers Field Ready Ventilator
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The winning project was designed by Team Marvel, and Ms. Patience Nortey, Ms. Nelly Appertey, and Mr. Ishmael Asare were announced winners. For their design, they simply used a stepper motor to control a retractor belt to compress an Ambu bag.
Competition judge, Professor Leon Williams had this to say, “This is a great example of a design engineering community coming together to create an innovation for social good. It is important to celebrate the significance of design and innovation.”
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