Students Showcase Projects to Benefit the Disabled


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Saturday - May 21

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


WHAT:  Thirty-four teams of high school students who have tackled real-world engineering design problems to help people with disabilities or special needs will showcase their solutions at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

Working with a teacher-adviser, each team of four to six students had to find a client whose life would be improved with an assistive device - from a five-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants to play video games to a 90-year-old who needs help holding the phone.  The 146 students tackled real-world engineering design problems, considered alternatives, documented their efforts and worked with a budget.

            Tyco Electronics, with M/A-COM, is the leading sponsor, along with a major grant from 3M. The Assistive Technology Design Fair is a program of UML's College of Engineering.


WHERE:     Cumnock Hall, One University Ave., Lowell



Poster Sessions: 9:20 - 10:15 a.m.; all teams have displays set up and are available to answer questions

Keynote Speaker: 10:15 a.m.; Dr. Eli Peli, Harvard Medical School, developed many devices for patients with low vision

Best Project Presentations: 11 a.m. - noon; five teams with outstanding projects will make presentations



Dracut (2 teams), Fitchburg (2), Greater Lawrence Technical (1), Hanover (4), Lawrence (1), Medford (10), Tyngsboro (4), Westford Academy (8) 

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224