Winter Quarter 2024

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


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

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Tuesday, March 12th

clip art of a student at a podium

End-of-term Student Team Project Presentations

This quarter nine student teams have been addressing problems experienced by individuals with disabilities or older adults and have been working to research, brainstorm, design, fabricate, and test a prototype device or software to meet the identified problem. Each team will give a formal presentation detailing their project activities. Please note that this was a seven-week team project effort and the students' prototypes are not intended to represent commercial offerings.

Presentation order:

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

Each student project team will give an end-of-term project presentation which will include the following points:

  • Introduction of team 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 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

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 - 1.23 Mb pdf file


Updated 03/13/2024

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