Project Examples

Designs to Help Friends with Disabilities

Course: 22.201 - Design Lab I
Instructor: Robert Parking
Partner: Various

Partnership Description: Students each identified a relative, or a friend, or communicated with the Assistive Technology Program (ATP) to locate a client with a disability. Then each identified individual with a disability partnered with a student to specifically identify a challenge related to each individual’s respective everyday activities. Students then designed and tailored devices to assist each client or individual. Individuals and their families and or caretakers reviewed design solutions and provided feedback on student designs and solutions.

Project Description: Examples ofstudent projects included: developing specially designed bed rails for a mentally and physically challenged person, designing an artificial leg for a client, developing a special PC communication board for a friend, and specialized designs for a student’s grandmother. The course emphasis was on introducing the use of computer aided design tools in the engineering problem solving process. Assigned design projects required the use of both wire frame and solid modeling tools. Lecture and lab activities were used to support project requirements, and to provide more in-depth understanding of computer aided engineering design and drawing.

Course objectives met by S-L project:

  • Introducing the use of computer aided design tools in the engineering problem solving process
  • Design projects requiring the use of both wire frame and solid modeling tools
  • Lecture and lab activities used to support project requirements
  • Provided more in-depth understanding of computer aided engineering design and drawing

Community objectives met by S-L project:

  • Student designs and products provided much needed mechanical devices
  • Enhancement of quality of life and communication opportunities for a number of individuals