April 9th, 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 5:20 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

Welcome back from Spring Break. The votes are in, and we will be trying the Biomedical Device Unit from SREB.

(it didn't win, but it's quick, and we can get to the winner after we are done with this unit)

So without further ado........


How can we design a crutch modification to meet the needs of a specific population?


As a biomedical engineer with MobiTechMedical Corp, you are focused on developing products that make navigating the world easier for people with disabilities. A local medical school helps rehabilitate patients from a variety of backgrounds from athletes to factory line workers, and each of these groups have unique daily routines and obstacles. 



The school is interested in interchangeable extensions and modifications that can customize existing crutch systems for different subsets of the population. The medical school is interested in partnering with you and wants your team to design such a crutch modification. The successful design will integrate (or easily interchange) with existing crutch designs while permitting a specific population to navigate obstacles or complete tasks that are unique to their lives. Representatives of the medical school must endorse your prototype in order for MobiTechMedical to support your design.

After reading informational texts on mobility intended to assist you in designing, building and testing a prototype crutch modification, write an Engineering Report in which you analyze the effectiveness of your design in helping the target population, providing examples to illustrate and clarify your analysis.

As part of your research, you must identify a specific population, or subset of the larger population, to study. Your investigations will require you to interview and interact with the population to learn their needs and any restrictions or unique difficulties crutches pose in their lives. This research should apply directly to your design choices.

Your prototype design should be created in a foam model, using common foam-shaping tools to effectively represent your design. The foam design and dimensions should represent the most effective sizes based on anthropometric and statistical research on your chosen population.

Additional design considerations such as materials or structural elements are to be included as appropriate.



You should submit an Engineering Notebook that contains your preliminary investigations, designs, sketches/drawings, anthropometric research, and summaries of each section. Finally, a presentation of your prototype should be made alongside other designs. During your presentation of your prototype, you should be prepared to answer questions about the following areas:




o Information about your population

o Design methodology

o Rationale for your design


Sitting with your team, consider the Project Description, using the Have You MET the Prompt? tool.


Each team member individually conducts the Have You MET the Prompt guided reading of the Project Description..



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