Project Examples

Big Button Mouse

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II ( electrical Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructors: Jay Weitzen, Alan Rux, and Senait Haileselassie
Partners: Lifelinks, Nashua Center, Kennedy Day School, and Shore Educational Collaborative

The 130 students in this course took a basic PS-2 mouse and modified it to be able to have large buttons (about 3 inches in diameter) to allow severely handicapped students to left and right mouse click.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project were for students to:

  • Learn about impact of such designs on the quality of life for individuals with special needs
  • Learn about electrical theory, technology, and application, as well as cause and effect
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the design process and first-hand experience solving a real-world engineering problem
  • Design and fabricate devices for disabled
  • Increases student commitment to revising and completing projects in ways that work best for clients rather than just a grade or a completed course
  • Realize that engineering is a profession that helps people, benefits society and gain an appreciation of people with disabilities.

Community objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Useful products designed to meet specific and often unmet client needs. Enhances quality of life for many clients, as well as family members.
  • Raises awareness of UML students regarding people with special needs