Education

Education

We’re keen to support fellow designers, engineers and scientists in the making

We do this in a number ways:

Support for Schools

First Lego League World Champions – we were delighted to have been a part of the Bath Lego Team’s journey to World championship in 2013. Untitled 1, the group of seven boys and girls, aged between 11 and 15, who are pupils from Ralph Allen and King Edward’s in Bath, competed against 20,000 other teams. They designed and built a finger print recognition door bell system to provide safety and increase independence for older people at home. The team attended our Annual Lecture and visited us to gain feedback on their work. Read more

Design and Technology Courses – we are developing new materials for assistive technology projects in design and technology courses.

Careers Fairs – our team has a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. Members of our team attend events to talk to students about careers in Healthcare, Medical Engineering and Occupational Therapy.

The Smallpeice Trust – we support the work of The Smallpeice Trust, an independent educational charity that runs hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and exciting engineering courses for pupils in Years 6-12 across the U.K.

Support for Undergraduates

University of Bath and University of the West of England (UWE) – we regularly support engineering and physics undergraduates with their assistive technology projects.

We have recently been supporting Mechanical Engineering students through a couple of group projects at the University of Bath. As part of the students’ third year final module they participate in a group project or work placement. One team had been set the challenge of designing a product to support people with reduced mobility to toilet independently at night. Another project has explored how older people can carry out physical exercise at home.

Our role is to guide the students through our human-centred design process to support their understanding of living with disability and the challenges that their intended clients would face day-to-day.

Support for Postgraduates

Doctoral Training programmes – our researchers supervise and support these programmes with a number of academic partners, including the University of Bath and the University of Ulster.

Programme of Engagement with other third sector organisations, carers groups and members of the public – we actively run this programme to highlight the benefits and opportunities of technology. We do this through our annual public lectures, our Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) and podcasts.  A good example of this is the very inspiring talk delivered by our Head of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Tim Adlam, at the University of Bath’s Technology Entertainment Design (TEDx), that challenges our preconceptions and assumptions about what people with disabilities can or cannot do.

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