• Question: If you were stranded in the outer hebrides on one of the uninhabited islands how would your engineering knowledge help you get home safely?

    Asked by 929mete32 to Andrew, Angela, Eleanor, Emma, Withdrawn on 14 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Angela Oliveira Pisco

      Angela Oliveira Pisco answered on 14 Mar 2016:

      Engineering school is more about learning how to critical think and how to have a rational approach to problems, so while I can’t think of anything particular now, I’m absolutely sure they would help 🙂

    • Photo: Andrew Pidgeon

      Andrew Pidgeon answered on 14 Mar 2016:

      I would create electrical powwwwweerrrr and create an electronic circuit from a plane crash or shipwreck to contact land again 🙂

      either that or create a robot buddy!

    • Photo: Eleanor Sherwen

      Eleanor Sherwen answered on 15 Mar 2016:

      I would know about how to build a sturdy structure to protect me from the wind and rain, and have somewhere to keep firewood dry. I would think up ways to make basic tools so I could get some food and store fresh water. That’d keep me alive until someone noticed I was missing at least! I guess if nobody came to rescue me I’d start building a rowboat, and try to get over to Lewis or Skye on a clear day.

    • Photo: Emma Bradley

      Emma Bradley answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      Can I be stranded on a warmer island?

      I would use my super problem solving skills to obtain water, food and shelter (I expect I could get water from rain or a spring depending on the size of the island; food from the sea or from birds; and shelter from whatever I could find to build with, being a structural expert I’m open minded!)

      Having sorted out the basics, I would go and find Andrew before he dies of exposure or starvation and give him a nice dry place to work while he sorts out contact with the mainland! As my plan B (as an engineer, I always have a plan B) I would be building the boat with Ele 🙂