The curriculum included guest lectures and site visits illustrating the design, development, and manufacturing of assistive technology, as well as conversations with users of assistive technology at rehabilitation sites and community institutions sharing their time, experience, and expertise with the group.
Bringing this knowledge back to the classroom, students practiced applying the processes involved in creating assistive technology to hypothetical patient case studies. Using cardboard and other materials, interdisciplinary student groups were able to design and develop a prototype tailored to their patient’s specific clinical needs.
“I've been teaching various forms of hands-on prototyping for over ten years – the learning advantages of actually building something compared to only reading or listening to lectures are profound,” professor Shiloh said.
Check out the following photos of students’ prototypes!