Winter Quarter 2024

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:50pm PST

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Tuesday, February 13th

clip art of a student presenting

Mid-term Student Team Project Presentations

Students working on team projects have chosen a problem / or challenge experienced by individuals with disabilities and older adults and have been working to research, brainstorm, design, fabricate, and test a prototype device or software to address it.

Presentation order:

Order Team Name Project Name
1 WANI Treats for Nathan
2 Secure the Bag Accessible Storage Solution for Abby
3 Re-Creation Accessible and Inclusive Playground Attractions (1)
4 Danny Designers Laptray for Danny
5 Dream Catchers Accessible and Inclusive Playground Attractions (2)
6 Accessible Basket Solutions Storage Solution for Danny
7 ArtSIStive Creative Expression for Sylvia
8 Danny’s Dawgs Dog Kennel Project for Danny's Service Dog Korey

Each student project team will give a presentation on the progress of their project which will include the following points:

  • Introduction of team and its members
  • Brief abstract
  • Statement of problem
  • Magnitude of problem addressed by this project
  • Discussion of interviews with those who suggested the project and potential users
  • Summary of design criteria
  • Identification of existing solutions and discussion of their limitations
  • Description of brainstormed design concepts
  • Analysis of considered design alternatives
  • Description of top selected design concepts, including their technical feasibility, engineering difficulty, estimated cost, user acceptance, safety considerations, etc
  • Design visualizations: photographs, videos, sketches, drawings, models, and prototypes
  • Future work and challenges for continuing the project toward fabrication and testing with users

Other presentation considerations and suggestions: (Due to the limited class time for presentations, there will be no opportunity for discussion or for teams to field questions.)

  • Project status - what has been done, what remains
  • Problems encountered, resolved, and pending
  • Expenses expected if the project is to be continued into the Spring Quarter
  • Plans for the remainder of the quarter

The overall quality of the presentation and the design concept will be judged by the teaching team, community members, and other students on the overall quality of their presentation, the effectiveness of their design process, and the progress made toward a design solution using the following metrics:

  • Presentation & Delivery: Presentation: (What the team presented) - clarity, organization, and completeness of the information presented. Delivery: (How the team presented) - professionalism, enthusiasm, conviction, confidence, energy, volume.
  • Process: (How the team addressed the problem) - problem information, background research, design concepts brainstormed, prototyped, tested, and evaluated
  • Design: (What the team produced) - creativity, originality, functionality of the design concept & prototypes and the likelihood it will meet the user's challenges
  • Overall: (Overall score) - combined impression of presentation and project effort

Individuals evaluating the team project presentations will have the opportunity to provide their comments:

  • What did the team learn, what are your LIKES and WISHES about what they did, and what are your recommendations, suggestions, and advice for the team?
  • Comments and suggestions about the course, projects, and presentation process.
Presentation Material:
Pre-lecture slides - .99 Mb pdf file

Updated 02/14/2024

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