February 2017

Hanger prosthetist teaches AFO design

A prosthetist from Austin, TX-based Hanger in January volunteered his knowledge to a Missouri middle school project that had students designing cardboard and foam ankle brace prototypes that could be used by patients with spastic hemiplegia.

Hanger’s Jeremy Burleson, BOCP, CPed, provided design perspective, demonstrated examples of professionally made orthoses, and evaluated the work of more than 80 seventh graders at Truman Middle School in St. Joseph, MO.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) sponsored the effort, aimed at introducing kids to engineering principles. The Indianapolis, IN-based nonprofit’s broad mission is to provide transformative learning experiences for children in grades K-12.

Get more information on PLTW at pltw.org.

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- Emily Delzell

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