Imagine being able to design your own super-cool body part, in whatever shape or color you could dream up. Thanks KIDmob, a group of children with a diversity of upper limb capabilities were able to design and prototype their own body modifications. The “Superhero Cyborg” workshop was held at Brown University’s School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Helping Hands Foundation. Engineering and design students from Brown and RISD helped to facilitate the workshop, in which these amazing kids had the chance to challenge traditional ideas about exoskeletons and prosthetics.
12-year-old David, an articulate young man with infectious energy, was born without a radius bone in one of his arms. He has difficulty with gripping and strength, but loves to play tennis. By the end of the workshop, he proudly presented several prototypes of his project—aptly named “David’s Versatile Grippy Thingy.” This device allows him to grip and control a tennis racket, among other things, and allowed him to play tennis with one of the workshop’s facilitators.
KIDmob is a Bay Area fiscally sponsored not-for-profit organization that believes design education is a great opportunity for creative engagement, community empowerment, and strengthening of 21st Century skills. They take their passion to the road to bring their innovative workshops and events to communities around the world.
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