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Popular class makes a difference-for a young boy, a local company and Cheekwood

Dec. 12, 2019—Making things is cool. Making things that solve a problem, improve a life and make a difference is even better. Students in “How to Make (Almost) Anything” recently presented their final projects for clients with wildly diverse needs. Among them: A young boy with one leg eight inches shorter than the other needed a way...

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Students tap engineering and empathy skills to help kids with special needs

Nov. 18, 2019—Inspired to make a child’s life better through engineering and design, students from Vanderbilt, occupational therapists and professional engineers worked for three days straight—with little sleep—to build inventions that would make life a little easier for a child with special physical needs. Seven teams from diverse backgrounds took part in Vanderbilt’s third annual TOM Makeathon...

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Maker Faire at the Wond’ry Oct. 5 celebrates inventive spirit

Sep. 30, 2019—Want to learn to fold paper and make origami? See a Mars rover the Vanderbilt Robotics team built for a NASA robotic mining competition that can dig, collect, store and deposit gravel? Campus organizations exhibiting include the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory, Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 3D Printing Lab, the...

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Engineering professor, students ‘DIVE’ into Fleming Yard renovation

Sep. 11, 2019—When the new academic year began, students, faculty and staff filled the university’s classrooms, residence halls and centers, as well as a dynamic, newly redesigned space: Fleming Yard. The redesign of the outdoor space, located between Alumni Lawn and Sarratt Student Center, was the culmination of collaborative initiatives among students, faculty and administrators from the...

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Design Day showcases Mars habitat, interstate cap, dozens of innovations

Apr. 25, 2019—Design Day 2019 took students and visitors to Mars, a diving depth of 300 feet and a potential green oasis above a stretch of Interstate 65. Other projects included a robotic device for a young boy born with a partial right hand, an easily customized ultrasound brain helmet, an affordable 3D-printed canine prosthetic, advanced lab...

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Get ready for ‘Wow!’ Senior engineering Design Day is April 22

Apr. 10, 2019—One team of senior engineering students designed a headband that detects oncoming tremors and signals a bracelet that vibrates, discreetly alerting the young girl wearing the accessories. She has a rare brain condition that causes periodic head and neck tremors but can control them with focused attention. Another team developed a wrist-actuated partial prosthetic hand...

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Vanderbilt makeathon helps Hawaii youngster create custom guitar pick holder

Jan. 23, 2019—Tikkun Olam Makers complete 14 design projects in 48 hours Linden strummed a guitar in the lobby of the Engineering and Science Building. The prototype of a custom guitar pick holder for his finger worked great. Zion whirled his wheelchair and kicked a round rugby ball to his TOM teammates in the ESB lobby. His...

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Summer program exposes 80+ engineering undergraduates to research immersion

Oct. 15, 2018—More than 80 engineering undergraduate students spent 10 weeks immersed in research projects that spanned all departments and focus areas, experiences that in some cases have changed planned career paths. A record number of students took part in the Summer Research Program, which undergraduates and their faculty mentors say provides opportunities they cannot get in...

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