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Lend A Hand: Teaching Forces

3D printed prosthetic handWorking in groups of three, middle school students learn about types of forces, the relationship between form and function, and the structure of the hand by working as biomedical engineers to design, build, and test their own hand “gripper” prototypes that can grasp and lift a 200 ml cup of sand.

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AbilityOne Design Challenge

disability symbols Open to high school and college students nationwide, the AbilityOne Design Challenge is a competition to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to break through barriers to employment. Top designs can win up to $10,000 for schools and teams. Register by November 29, 2013 (high school students) with late registration up to Jan 17, 2014. College students and teams must sign up by February 28, 2014, with an April 11, 2014 deadline for late registration.

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Contest: AbilityOne Design Challenge

abilityone design challengeThe AbilityOne® Design Challenge encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. The design challenge is a service learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12 in the High School Program. Deadline: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

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