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Abstract Title: Fabricating fidgets with special education students. Study of middle school students with disabilities designing, fabricating, and testing fidget tool
Abstract: This poster describes the design process of 5 middle school students diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students were tasked with designing and fabricating a personalized fidget-a small hand-held object to use in a classroom with the goal of increasing focus-by following the process of engineering design described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Students teamed with a local science museum to access tools and expertise. Analysis of student interviews and recorded design sessions revealed that students accurately defined the problem and design constraints. Further, despite issues in measurement precision, students successfully optimized their design solution over time through multiple rounds of revision.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Museum-based physics education research through research-practice partnerships (RPPs)
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade C

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexandria Hansen
CSU Fresno