As part of our spring 2011 engineering course, ENGR232 Technology and Society: A Global Perspective, Sweet Briar engineering majors and non-engineering majors have been designing devices for an occupational therapy clinic in Brazil. Students and faculty are extremely excited to be traveling to Brazil to meet and interact with our clients and to experience Brazilian culture!
The project based class has focused on the design of devices that will improve the quality of life of our clients. Students have also been learning about Brazilian society, as this is an important part of understanding our clients needs. Some of our designs have been built and will be left in Brazil while others will be tested with our clients and brought back for modifications. The student work has included an eye-blink communication device, a light weight desk w/communication options, a proprioceptive device, a prosthetic hand (still in early stages of development), and a game that encourages building muscle strength.
Hopefully we’ll get students to blog about their travels and get some photos posted. Keep an eye out on the blog.Categories: engineering, service learning, Sweet Briar College, technology, Uncategorized