Wearable Device Challenge

The Wearable Device Challenge integrates the One Health Initiative concepts and the Grand Challenges of Engineering to create a competition where students will be tasked with designing a wearable device to monitor the health of a human or animal based on environmental factors and/or disease transmission.

What is ASSIST?

ASSIST creates self-powered, wearable health and environmental monitoring systems. ASSIST stands for “Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies.” ASSIST is an Engineering Research Center financed by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at NC State University. Education and outreach are an integral part of the Center’s mission and vision. The Wearable Device Challenge aims to disseminate the core of ASSIST work to the K-12 community and build the pipeline for young scientists and engineers who will be prepared to continue the important work of identifying and solving the Grand Challenges of Engineering for the future.

What is the Wearable Device Challenge?

The Wearable Device Challenge integrates the One Health Initiative concepts and the Grand Challenges of Engineering to create a competition where students will be tasked with designing a wearable device to monitor the health of a human or animal based on environmental factors and/or disease transmission.

  • The One Health Initiative is a collaborative initiative which focuses on the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Through studying these connections we can better understand animal to human interactions, prevention of disease transmission, and correlations between the environment, animal and human health.
  • The Grand Challenges of Engineering focus on fourteen areas of engineering that pose the greatest global challenges, encouraging international collaboration to solve each challenge. One of the fourteen topics of the Grand Challenges of Engineering is advanced health informatics.

For the competition students will use the engineering design process to design their wearable device to solve a global health challenge.

  • High school students will be required to design a working prototype of their device along with an ad campaign and poster.
  • Middle school students will be required to design a prototype of their device along with an ad campaign and poster.

Available Lesson Plans

Teachers will have access to the ASSIST’s library of supplies and lesson plans that will help them to implement the Wearable Device Challenge. All of the lesson plans are aligned with North Carolina teaching standards.

Student Resources

To help students brainstorm a potential project topic, ASSIST has created an list of useful links and videos.

Additional Teacher Resources

ASSIST wants to help teachers easily implement the Wearable Device Challenge across the state of North Carolina, while providing an incredible learning opportunity for students.