Rebecca Cook of the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Care recently visited Neal STEM Magnet Middle School to talk with 6th grade students in Neal's STEM Design and Modeling classes. Students received a presentation that outlined the reasons that patients need orthotics and prosthetics as well as the materials and resources that go into the fabrication and fitting of the devices for patients.
The classes that attended the presentation are comprised of 6th grade students who study the Design and Modeling curriculum created by Project Lead the Way. PLTW is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. In the Design and Modeling class, students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design therapeutic toys for a child who has cerebral palsy.
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