Women in Engineering (WIE) Day is a free one-day workshop designed to introduce students to engineering and computer science concepts.
Each year, teams are asked to complete a design challenge using everyday objects to learn teamwork, problem-solving, communication, testing and design process skills.
“A Zombie Got My Leg” Challenge
The challenge for WIE Day 2019 asks students to come up with new solutions using everyday materials to design and build a prosthetic leg.
Students act as engineers during an imaginary disaster in which a group member's leg was amputated in order to survive a zombie attack.
Teams design and fabricate a replacement prosthetic limb using given specific starting material and limited additional supplies, similar to how engineers design for individuals while working within constraints.
Prototypes will be tested against specific specifications. Refer back to this website for more details.
A presentation following the challenge will cover new innovations in prosthetic technology from a biomedical and robotic standpoint as well as research going on right now in the U of I College of Engineering.