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.  

Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard

Date: 10/1/13 - 1/1/14
Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Ridgway, Ouray Colorado

The Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard was a design proposal catering to an active town, which lacked the proper play equipment that properly reflected their community. With a focus on both imaginative play and outdoor education; the design begins to embody the creative, outdoor activity centered community atmosphere.

With equipment ranging from a mining tower zip-line to a rock wall the new playground spaces provide a multitude of options for the students. The ADA appropriate circulation path connects both user and supervisor to the main gateway while allowing view-sheds of all areas proposed. The outdoor classroom, dragon hill-slide, music structures, and an education focused blacktop round out the design providing ample space to recreate during both during and after school hours.

Project Team:
 Lisa Hanano
Local Participants:Danika Gilbert, Ridgway Elementary Faculty

BIRD Past Research Projects

Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard

Date: 10/1/13 - 1/1/14
Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Ridgway, Ouray Colorado

The Ridgway Elementary Schoolyard was a design proposal catering to an active town, which lacked the proper play equipment that properly reflected their community. With a focus on both imaginative play and outdoor education; the design begins to embody the creative, outdoor activity centered community atmosphere.

With equipment ranging from a mining tower zip-line to a rock wall the new playground spaces provide a multitude of options for the students. The ADA appropriate circulation path connects both user and supervisor to the main gateway while allowing view-sheds of all areas proposed. The outdoor classroom, dragon hill-slide, music structures, and an education focused blacktop round out the design providing ample space to recreate during both during and after school hours.

Project Team:
 Lisa Hanano
Local Participants:Danika Gilbert, Ridgway Elementary Faculty