NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR JUDGES—All are welcome to participate in the events!
The Prosthetic Arm Challenge involves the development of a low-cost prosthetic device to complete pre- defined tasks. Middle and high school teams selected to participate at the local, regional, and national event will compete in the four components below:
Judging Technical Papers-Please register by April 11th. Volunteer Judges will use rubrics to grade middle school and high school teams technical paper that details the design, development, experimentation and understanding of their device.
Judging Prosthetic Arm Performance-Volunteer Judges will grade middle and high school teams functionality of research, design, build, test of prosthetic device designed to mimic the movement of the wrist, hand and fingers. Performance is judged as it relates to the following tasks:
- Distance Accuracy Relay: Greatest accuracy and distance achieved by tossing balls of three different sizes into target containers located at three different distances.
- Object Relocation Task: Greatest mass-to-time ratio achieved by placing objects of varying weight into a specified container.
- Dexterity Task: (High school only) Greatest number of bolts/nuts correctly placed and secured onto the testing device.
Judging Academic Display & Oral Presentation-Volunteer Judges will score teams presenting their findings on the above-described research in display format using photos, graphs, etc. During which teams will give an oral presentation to panel judges based on investigation, experimentation, design, testing and experiences related to their device.