[Health] UVic - UBC Engineering 4 Health Challenge

Seth Woodworth seth at laptop.org
Wed Nov 19 14:03:26 EST 2008


For some reason your email that was sent Oct 6th wasn't sent to the
list until today!  Please tell us more about how your event went.  We
are very interested.


On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:13 PM, Morgan Price
<morgan at virtuallypriceless.org> wrote:
> Hello list
> This is my first post and I wanted to update you on a little project
> that we have begun here at the University of Victoria in conjunction
> with the University of British Columbia, Canada.
> We are planning an "Engineering 4 Health" challenge where we are
> asking BC high school students to come to the university for a 1/2 day
> design session to work on designing health applications for children
> who would have access to the OLPC XO laptop.
> It's a paper process - in the afternoon the BC students will work in
> facilitated small groups to build out a "Storyboard" of their ideas on
> a large ~4 foot x 8 foot sheet of paper.  We walk them through a
> brainstorming and design process to get them excited about software
> engineering and health.  We've created vector image outlines of the
> OLPC screen for students to draw on during the mock up phase.
> We did a dry run this week with 10 students and it was quite
> successful and thought I would share our experience from that as we
> are all quite happy with how it turned out.  The full run is in
> November.
> The students came up with interesting ideas with a clear focus on
> community and communication with each other and providers.  One group
> developed an idea for a game that taught skills like first aid and how
> to maintain clean water supplies.  The other group took on Face Book,
> with an idea for "Health Book" that would allow people to communicate
> about health but also to view regional maps of various health services
> so that children and families would be able to find out where and when
> various health clinics were running.
> We are going to run the full high school challenge on November 10th
> and are planning on following that up with a 1 week long University
> challenge where university students will be able to prototype designs
> for the laptop electronically.  The best University prototypes would
> go on to have support for a summer term of development of their idea.
> The dry run was very exciting for the students, who enjoyed thinking
> about how they could help other children through the XO laptop.
> Morgan
> ___________________________
> Morgan Price, MD, CCFP
> morgan at virtuallypriceless.org
> Clinical Assistant Professor
> University of British Columbia
> Department of Family Practice
> Lead Faculty for Informatics
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