Students and faculty in University of North Georgia's (UNG) Department of Physical Therapy host industrial design students from Georgia Institute of Technology. cREATe is an annual, weeklong conference aimed at building innovative assistive technology for clients with physical disabilities.
Student teams are presented with clients with a wide range of physical needs. Using the physical therapy department's experience in creating devices, the groups experiments with different materials and structures and make adjustments with feedback from the clients and their families.
After the conference, the Georgia Tech students travel back to their home campus and spend two weeks building the prototypes, which will then be given to the families for free.
"This collaboration embodies novelty, the physical therapy students bring something to the table that the industrial design students don't have, and vice versa. Along with the parents, this is three distinct groups of people coming together to solve a problem and improve the lives of these kids and their families."
-Dr. Stephen Sprigle, co-founder of cREATe and professor in Georgia Tech's School of Industrial Design
"This unique project opens up new realms of experience for students from both institutions while providing an invaluable service to community members."
-Dr. Teresa Conner-Kerr, dean of UNG's College of Health Sciences & Professions.
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