Cool Technologies to Teach Kids About Medicine
Innovation & Tech Today|2020 Year-End Issue
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear; we need more good doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and medical technology innovators.
Scott Jung

As kids return to school, whether virtually or inperson, now is a great opportunity to teach them about the human body, the diseases that can affect it, and the medicines and devices to treat these ailments.

Thanks to tech, learning biology and the life sciences these days can be a lot more fun than the plastic skeletons and cutaway heart models of yesterday. Here are some fun ways to teach kids about the body using gadgets that you might already own.

3D Printing

In the Summer 2019 issue, we explained the potential for 3D printing to radically disrupt the medical technology industry by enabling rapid production and modification of all kinds of medical products. But for the rest of us, the relatively low cost of 3D printers, the prolific and active community of 3D printing enthusiasts, and the wide range of applications make a 3D printer a great hobby that is also a fun educational tool.

For example, 3D-printed hands from organizations like e-NABLE. These prosthetic limbs not only look cool, but they can also provide real functionality for those who rely on prosthetics to perform everyday tasks.

As kids print and assemble these articulated and functional hands, they’ll learn about the design of their own hand: how hinge joints connect the fingers to the hand and how pulling on the strings (the “tendons”) cause them to move.

Older kids can learn valuable design and engineering skills by becoming part of the “hacker” movement. By using a professional 3D modeling program such as SolidWorks or free tools like SketchUp and TinkerCad, students can create replacement parts to repair mobility devices like wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility aids and even design modifications to make them more useful for patients. Their designs can be quickly and inexpensively printed and perhaps even undergo real-world testing on a brave and willing patient!

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM INNOVATION & TECH TODAYView All

Making Safety a Standard

Is Testing En Masse the Next Logical Step for Employers?

2 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

No Holds Barred

How Entrepreneur and Bar Rescue Star Jon Taffer is Helping Bars Deal with Labor Shortages and Inefficient Management Techniques

9 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Tech for Boomers: Prepping for a Generation of Tech-Savvy Seniors

Baby boomers are among the last generations not considered “digital natives,” but they were the first generation to integrate technology into their everyday lives. The post-WWII generation born between 1946 and 1964 essentially defined the tech-centric world we live in today.

5 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Private Space Stations Are Coming (and Soon)

Since construction began in 1998, The International Space Station (ISS) has served as the essential platform where multiple countries have collaborated to support scientific research and other activities requiring the unique attributes of humans in space.

2 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Isn't Next Year Always Going to be THE YEAR for EVs?

We’re Not Kidding This Time—and We Have Evidence

4 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Entertainer/Entrepreneur Steve-O

Chats Jackass Forever, Content Creation, and Stunts That Get Wilder With Age

7 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Creating a Cybersecurity Checklist

A List of Things You Should Know To Make a Smart Home Network Safer

5 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

4 Reasons Your Brand's Video Content Is Weak (and How To Fix It)

Video marketing has increased significantly over the years, and will undoubtedly continue to do so in 2022. According to research from Wyzowl, roughly 86% of businesses use video as a marketing tool — a dramatic increase from 2016, when only 61% of brands did so.

3 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

PRODUCT REVOLUTION

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

3 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Winter 2021

Penn & Teller

Magic’s best-dressed duo talks life, tech in magic, and 46 years of genuine friendship.

10+ mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021
RELATED STORIES

Tom Cruise: MAN ON A MISSION

THE ACTOR STOPPED AT NOTHING TO MAKE M:1 7 AND 8 AND TOP GUN: MAVERICK. NOW HE'S FEELING THE PRESSURE.

3 mins read
Star
May 16, 2022

HOW POLITICS POISONED THE CHURCH

THE EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT SPENT 40 YEARS AT WAR WITH SECULAR AMERICA. NOW IT'S AT WAR WITH ITSELF.

10+ mins read
The Atlantic
June 2022

Desire for Face Time Revives Business Travel

Companies are reporting more trips, proving doomsayers from the pandemic's darkest days wrong

4 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 16, 2022

Level Ground

A dairy farming father's love for his family lives on in the tools that he left behind.

2 mins read
Country Woman
June/July 2022

AIRBNB Allows Employees to Live and Work From Anywhere

Airbnb will allow its employees to live and work almost anywhere around the world, fully embracing a remote work policy to attract staff and ensure flexibility.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
May 06, 2022

An Overview of Namibia's Agri Sector

In a recent report, the Namibia Agricultural Union outlined the state of that country’s agriculture sector, and how it has been affected by COVID-19 and other factors.

5 mins read
Farmer's Weekly
May 06, 2022

KATY'S OLD-HOLLYWOOD DREAMS!

SUPERFAN Katy Perry is playing host on the new podcast Elizabeth the First, about screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.

1 min read
Star
May 09, 2022

Left Behind By Long Covid

As the world pretends the pandemic is over, at least half a million children in the U.S. are struggling

10+ mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 09, 2022

Shanghai's Black Eye

Expats are ditching the city, jeopardizing efforts to turn it into a top financial hub in Asia

4 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 02, 2022

Lockdown Hell

Critics call on Chinese government to ease lockdown regulations

1 min read
YOU South Africa
5 May 2022