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Middle school students to experiment with prosthetic limbs at URI lab

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

WHO: 60 sixth and eighth grade students from the Foxborough Regional Charter School, along with URI biomedical engineering professor Helen Huang, Nunnery Orthotic & Prosthetic CEO Michael Nunnery, several individuals who use prosthetic limbs, and the designers of cosmetic body parts.

WHAT: The students will learn about biomedical engineering technologies by participating in six hands-on activities related to the study and use of prosthetic limbs. Students will try walking on a treadmill while using a prosthetic leg; wear a “motion capture suit” containing dozens of sensors to record the motion of the human body; learn from local amputees about how to put on and remove their prosthesis; use electrodes on their arms to control the motion of a “virtual arm”; and demonstrate the use of artificial body parts that look like the real thing; among other activities.

WHEN: Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: The URI Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, 2 Greenhouse Road, on the URI Kingston campus.

CONTACT: Todd McLeish in the URI Communications and Marketing department, 401-874-7892 or tmcleish@uri.edu.