Idea Fair Presentations

Creating Unique Products for the Zoo

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Now more than ever, zoos are critically important in saving wildlife from extinction. Each day Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are thinking outside the box to save species from extinction, while serving as centers of education, conservation, and research.

Underwater communication from then to now

MIT Emergency Medical Services

MIT EMS is a student-run volunteer ambulance service that provides emergency medical treatment and transport for MIT’s campus, as well as the surrounding Cambridge and Boston communities. Staffed 24/7 by EMT-Bs, we are fully equipped to respond to calls ranging from minor illnesses to cardiac arrests. This presentation will give an overview of what MIT EMS does and some of the unique challenges that we face, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accessibility in Art Museums

Art museums aim to provide a high-quality, enriching experience to all visitors, regardless of their level of physical ability. Ensuring that the collections are accessible to all is one of the many responsibilities of exhibition designers such as Elie Glyn from the Harvard Art Museums. In this talk, he will explain some of the considerations involved with creating art installations for a physically diverse audience. In particular, Elie will examine the issues raised by contemporary artworks that are inherently inaccessible to visitors with disabilities.

Collections Access Overview – Harvard Art Museums

"The Collections Access division is part of the Collections Management department at the Harvard Art Museums. Our team is responsible for the safe movement of artwork throughout all Museum facilities as well as overseeing the installation of artwork in campus locations in support of the Campus Lending program. The Collections Access staff move artwork for a variety of different purposes including moves to the Conservation lab spaces, the Photography studio and to support the Art Study Center program. The Art Study Center program provides access to artwork which resides in storage for class teaching purposes, scholarly review or for personal viewing moments.

The pandemic required the Museum to close operations and presented a scenario in which we had to think thoughtfully about providing access to the collections. I hope to discuss this evening ways in which we were able to approach museum work in this unusual time but also how we are thinking about access to the collections in our public study spaces as we reopen the Museum while the pandemic is still a concern."

The Future of Making Things

"Andrew Anselmo is a mechanical engineer who has had a varied career in the renewable energy and consulting worlds. He worked at Evergreen Solar, BrightSpot Automation, and also runs a small consulting company, solving many interesting controls problems for startups and artists. He has been at Artisan's Asylum for 7+ years, and has taught a variety of courses, as well as been a shop lead for Electronics and Robotics. He has designed a few interesting original origami pieces, and is an origami street performer, with almost twenty years performing at Waterfire in Providence, RI, as well as many other venues.

Makerspaces have been a hub of innovation and great resource for people wanting to work on multidisciplinary problems. Recently, the lack of PPE was addressed by Artisan's Asylum in a very DIY fashion, which was awesome. But supply chain issues are still with us; we may wish to rethink some of our choices in the way we do things."

Innovation for Independence; Community Living for Those with Disabilities

Cardinal Cushing Centers provides day and residential programming to those with development disabilities. Our agency, as well as human service providers throughout the country, are facing a staffing crisis which jeopardizes our clients abilities to remain in their homes. We will discuss the challenges of community based and independent living for those with developmental disabilities.

Hello from the Navy Yard - Challenges of Rehabilitation

"The challenges of rehabilitation include those of the individual, the environment, society and the experience, perspective and efforts of the treating interdisciplinary team.

The development of rehabilitation as a specialty of medicine and care has been influenced by military conflicts, pandemics and society’s acceptance of individuals with disabilities, including the landmark ADA legislation, now over three decades old.

Current and advancing technology is having an impact on individual’s function and their expectations for ongoing advancements and new technology.

As the percentage of the population of elderly increases, their need for rehabilitative services and care will increase significantly in the decades ahead.

The major impairments affecting individuals requiring rehabilitation include: decreased mobility, Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), Instrumental ADL’s (IADL’s) and cognition.

As a specialty, rehabilitation is open to novel approaches, universal design and patient-centered innovation, both high and low tech, that decreases disabilities and handicaps to improve an individual’s function and quality of life."

MBTA: Moving Boston

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority serves over 1.25 million daily trips throughout the Boston region using a system of trains, buses, and ferries, all supported by workforce of nearly 7,000. We help people get to their jobs, classes, errands, tourist destinations, and everywhere in between. This presentation will touch on some of the challenges we face at the T, both in the day-to-day and long term—themes will include safety, accessibility, rider information, and climate resilience.