BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Research and Practice Partnership Grant

Date: 2/1/19
Principal Researchers: Kent Seidel
Julie Oxenford O’Brian
Funding: $185,830 funded by the Hewlett Foundation

A recent Hewlett Foundation grant will support CU Denver researchers in collaboration with numerous rural Colorado districts as they refine and expand their Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP). S-CAP is a partnership of the six founding rural districts (Buena Vista, Buffalo, Holyoke, Kit Carson, La Veta and Monte Vista) with Battelle for Kids (Ohio), Generation Schools Network and the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative. CU Denver researchers Kent Seidel and Julie Oxenford O’Brian, along with several doctoral students, are serving as the research partners for the three-year project, providing technical assistance on a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and processes. The goal is to develop a sustainable data-driven process of continuous improvement and peer review among the districts that can put local needs, interests and strengths in the spotlight while meeting state accountability goals.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Research and Practice Partnership Grant

Date: 2/1/19
Principal Researchers: Kent Seidel
Julie Oxenford O’Brian
Funding: $185,830 funded by the Hewlett Foundation

A recent Hewlett Foundation grant will support CU Denver researchers in collaboration with numerous rural Colorado districts as they refine and expand their Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP). S-CAP is a partnership of the six founding rural districts (Buena Vista, Buffalo, Holyoke, Kit Carson, La Veta and Monte Vista) with Battelle for Kids (Ohio), Generation Schools Network and the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative. CU Denver researchers Kent Seidel and Julie Oxenford O’Brian, along with several doctoral students, are serving as the research partners for the three-year project, providing technical assistance on a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and processes. The goal is to develop a sustainable data-driven process of continuous improvement and peer review among the districts that can put local needs, interests and strengths in the spotlight while meeting state accountability goals.