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Campers Invent Toys for Disabled Children at Boston Hospital


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Friday, July 22

WHAT: On Friday morning, 20 high school students will present their specially modified toys, fans and CD players for severely disabled kids to Kennedy Day School students at the Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston.

            The UMass Lowell Design Camp participants, chosen by competitive application, are taking a new, advanced pre-engineering workshop: Design Camp High Tech - Product Design. They are learning computer-aided design and solid modeling software; all their designs will be manufactured by a local machine shop and rapid prototyping house. The assistive technology inventions are the culmination of two weeks of projects and designs.

Also that day, the students will display all their projects and work portfolios at a celebration luncheon for the new program on the UMass Lowell campus.

The headline sponsor of Design Camp High Tech is 3M Touch Systems in Methuen; Solidworks donated copies of their software to the students; and manufacturing services are provided by Mack Prototype and RFM Machine Company.

Design Camp - now in its sixth year - offers science and engineering workshops to more than 300 students in grades 5 to 11, engaging them in hands-on experimentation and invention. Workshops run for one or two weeks from July 11 through Aug. 5.  Additional information is available at


9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Kennedy Day School, 30 Warren St., Brighton

Cumnock Hall Trustees Room, 1 University Ave., Lowell

 For more information, contact or 978-934-3224