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The Power to Move: Designing Assistive Technologies- 6th-12th Grade: 7/24-7/28


Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Downtown Campus, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT, 06050


Michele Dischino, Matt Martin




Memorial Hall SW Study Room

Field Trip:

Date TBD

Course Description

Audience: This program is open to middle and high school students (entering the 6th grade or above.)


Participants will explore biomedical engineering and related fields, including exercise and movement science, in the context of assistive technologies. By participating in hands-on, problem-based activities related to the design and implementation of assistive technologies, students will learn about a field with promising job prospects and ample educational opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to use their technical and problem-solving skills to help children with disabilities. Topics include prosthetics and the design of adapted toys and sports and includes a field trip to Chapter 126 in Bristol, (New England’s first sports and fitness facility designed specifically for adaptive athletes and individuals with disabilities) to play interactive games. The field trip date will be determined.


Instructor Information

Michele Dischino

Michele Dischino, Ph.D., joined the faculty of CCSU in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Technology and Engineering Education Department, where she teaches courses in a variety of engineering subjects including Introduction to Engineering and Statics and Strength of Materials. She is a Board Member of two local non-profit organizations, Chariots of Hope and the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program and a Leadership Team Member of the Connecticut chapter of the National Girls Collaborative Project. She has served as Co-PI on two NSF ATE-funded grants through which she developed problem-based learning curricula that are currently in use by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators throughout the U.S. and internationally. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Matt Martin

Matt Martin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department. Currently, he teaches a variety of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels including: adaptive physical education, psychosocial aspects of physical education, and research methods. Dr. Martin supervises student practicum experiences at two non-profit facilities for children and adults with disabilities. Research interests include integrating technology in movement settings, Sport Education, and inclusionary practices in physical education.

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