Assistive technology: Making lives easier

key collectorIn the age of digital technology, there are so many things that are designed to make peoples’ lives easier. Smart phones allow people to stay connected wherever they are, garage openers keep you from having to leave the comfort of your car, and there are all sorts of apps that allow you to order groceries and have them delivered to your door.

For some people, progress in technology has made their lives exponentially easier. Prosthetic devices have become more advanced, allowing their users more freedom. New prosthetic arms are incorporating ways to use nerve signals to move, and even dogs are getting help from prosthetic devices.

This challenge is to design and construct an assistive device for a person or animal with a disability using LEGO. It can be a prosthetic device or something that can help with a specific task.


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The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) in Boston, Massachusetts, is dedicated to improving engineering education in the classroom, from Kindergarten to college. The Center houses faculty, staff, and graduate students from engineering disciplines and the education department.

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