PICT3478.JPGAssistive Devices for the Future

The Robotics: Assistive Devices for the Future curriculum was initially developed through a collaboration between TechBoston, Tufts University, and Northeastern University. Since then, it has been revised and improved based on feedback from BPS teachers.

The curriculum takes students through building and programming activities, then culminates with a design project where students work in teams to conceptualize, design, and prototype a novel assistive device to help people with disabilities. The Engineering Design Process is used as a framework throughout the curriculum.

The Robotics: Assistive Devices for the Future Curriculum...
  • is designed for grades 5-8
  • includes 10+ units, with extentions or shortcuts for flexibility
  • can be used in-class or after school
  • offers a project-based learning experience
  • accommodates various learning styles
  • is aligned with Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Frameworks
  • reinforces 21st Century Skills such as problem solving, creativity, teamwork, and communications skills

Topics and activities include:
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Design and building using LEGO pieces
  • Programming using RoboLab
  • Using sensors to make interactive robots
  • Researching disabilities and existing assistive devices
  • Designing and building your own assistive device according to the Engineering Design Process
  • Final Presentation

For an overview of the curriculum, click here.