STEM Outreach Activities
We organize outreach activities where we show K-12 students and teachers how mechatronics and robotics can be used to assist, rehabilitate or augment the human motor function. We use our exoskeletons, prostheses and haptic paddles in demonstrations to provide an introduction to haptics and human-robot interaction, and the exciting applications they enable, such as in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. We particularly focus on students from backgrounds underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and encourage them to pursue higher education and careers in these fields by sharing our enthusiasm in engineering research. Multiple schools and many students from varying grade levels have participated in the laboratory tours and demos we have organized, including Lincoln High School, Hinkley High School, APDC (Asian Pacific Development Center) Youth Leadership Academy and Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts.