Assistive Device Academy
A human-centred design project where students create a range of assistive devices for people with disabilities. Developed in collaboration with Makers Making Change. Access this lesson for FREE at the bottom of the page.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, physics, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 10-16. The curriculum is aligned to ISTE, NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
develop an understanding of assistive devices and their benefit to people with disabilities
develop an understanding of how open source collaboration and 3D printing can positively impact the production and distribution of assistive devices
use research, design-thinking, human-centred design and sketching skills in teams to develop a concept for an assistive device
use 3D modelling software to design an assistive device
use 3D printers to manufacture an assistive device
analyse their work and the work of their peers to suggest improvements to their designs