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Board # 12 : Toy Adaptation in Undergraduate Education and Outreach: An Initial Examination into Participant Experience and Perceptions (Work in Progress)

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Biomedical Division Poster Session

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Biomedical

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Diversity

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5

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https://peer.asee.org/27708

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45

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Molly Y. Mollica University of Washington

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Molly Mollica earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University. She is currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at the University of Washington.

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Heather A. Feldner University of Washington

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Heather Feldner received her BS in Human Biology and Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. She has been a practicing pediatric physical therapist for 16 years, and began teaching in the University of Illinois at Chicago's DPT program in 2010. She became a board certified pediatric clinical specialist in 2012, completed her Assistive Technology Certificate from UIC in 2015, and earned her PhD in Disability Studies from UIC in 2016. She joined the University of Washington's Department of Mechanical Engineering as a postdoctoral researcher in September of 2016. Heather has a special interest in user-centered design and participatory research, and has been a lab member of the GoBabyGo program, which creates custom safety and accessibility modifications to commercially available battery powered toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities, since 2012. Heather's research focuses on investigating the impact of traditional and alternative mobility technologies on the experiences of people with disabilities and their families, and the direct and indirect influences of physical and social environments, technology design, industry, and disability orientation on those experiences.

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Anat Caspi University of Washington

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Dr. Anat Caspi is Director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology housed by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Caspi received her PhD from the Joint Program in BioEngineering at University of California, Berkeley & UCSF. Her research interests are in the areas of ubiquitous computing and data science. Caspi is interested in ways by which universal design, collaborative commons and cooperation can challenge and transform computing disciplines and technology design.

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Katherine M. Steele University of Washington

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Dr. Steele is an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. She received her BS in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She leads the Ability & Innovation Lab, dedicated to designing new tools and techniques to improve human ability through engineering, and also a leader of AccessEngineering to enable individuals with disabilities to pursue careers in engineering. Dr. Steele previously worked in multiple hospitals as an engineer, including The Children's Hospital of Colorado, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Dianne Grayce Hendricks University of Washington

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Dr. Dianne G. Hendricks is a Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, where she leads the Bioengineering Outreach Initiative, Bioengineering Honors Program, and the Bioengineering Summer Camp in Global Health. She holds a PhD in Genetics from Duke University, and BS in Molecular Biology and BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hendricks’ teaching activities at the University of Washington include introductory and honors courses in bioengineering, tissue and protein engineering lab courses, bioengineering ethics, leadership, and bioengineering capstone writing and design courses. She is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusivity in engineering, and creating opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in K-12 educational outreach. Dr. Hendricks has over a decade of experience leading educational outreach and summer camp programs at both Duke University and the University of Washington.

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Abstract

Service learning is a powerful educational method to deliver engineering curricula [1, 2] while benefiting student retention, personal development, and community connections [3, 4]. Furthermore, positive societal impact is highly important to underrepresented students in career selection [5, 6] and classes or projects with clear engineering-service components commonly attract a higher percentage of students from underrepresented groups [7, 8]. In this work-in-progress, we examine our initial efforts in implementing toy adaptation to enhance engineering education and to serve our broader community.

Mollica, M. Y., & Feldner, H. A., & Caspi, A., & Steele, K. M., & Hendricks, D. G. (2017, June), Board # 12 : Toy Adaptation in Undergraduate Education and Outreach: An Initial Examination into Participant Experience and Perceptions (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27708

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