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An image of a palm utensil holder. The device assists people that have a hard time gripping utensils to eat. It can also potentially be used on a person’s foot if they do not have or have use of their hands.
The shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is putting healthcare workers at increased risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. People worldwide have come together to produce creative solutions to combat this shortage. If you consider yourself a maker, problem-solver, or simply want to get your hands involved to help healthcare workers, this guide is for you. If you do not have the capabilities to produce the items listed below, please share with someone who might.
February 17-23rd is National Engineers Week® and the Franklin Institute is ready to celebrate. Established by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week® is a time when educational organizations, corporations, and government agencies across the country highlight the positive influence that engineers have on everyday life.
“Welcome to the Tech Studio!” I exclaim to a group of elementary school students and their chaperones as they enter through the glass-walled threshold. They pause a moment to survey the room. Dozens of eyes scan the colorful objects on the shelves and table as the children roam the area. Miniature monuments sit next to a DNA helix, human and animal skull replicas reside next to tiny toy elephants, sheets of chainmail are scattered across the table, and even a bust of Ben Franklin can be found next to a giant rainbow pangolin. It’s hard to decide what to look at first.