During the Fall 2018 semester, the Bay Shore SHS Library staff, (Chief Librarian Joan Wagner, Librarians Annette Carr and Heather Hilton, and Library Assistant Kelly Tenny) teamed up with Professor Rachelle Kirshenbaum’s (Associate Academic Director of Speech-Language Pathology) classes to work on a collaborative project. The purpose of the project was to create 3D printed educational models that would be useful to the speech pathology students. To utilize the 3D printers at Bay Shore Library, Professor Kirshenbaum’s classes had to come up with concepts for 3D printed models that would go along with their research projects. The concepts were then described to the Bay Shore Library team, who turned their concepts into reality with the help of the EnableUC Team at the University of Cincinnati.
Some of the models, the librarians were able to create on their own. One such educational model was as a plaque showing the Chromosome 21 mutation that causes Down Syndrome. The plaque shows Chromosome 21 in both its normal state and in its mutated state. The printed project was designed by Librarian Heather Hilton. She used the chromosomes design by Hannah Clark (Username HaClark on Thingiverse.com) in their “Karyotype Laboratory Exercise” on Thingiverse.com.
For more complicated designs, the librarians collaborated with Jackson Romelli at the University of Cincinnati and his team of bioengineering students (EnableUC team). The EnableUC team was essential to creating the educational models that were beyond the abilities of the Bay Shore Librarians. For example, the EnableUC team was able to create an educational model of a head with a cochlear implant, an inner ear model, and a tile matching game. In many instances, they were able to manipulate and change existing educational models found on Thingiverse.com to match the needs of the students.
The tile matching game came to be as a result of the collaboration of the EnableUC team with librarian Heather Hilton. The game consisted of thirty-two tiles that match words to pictures and may be used to help people with specific language impairment or dyslexia to improve their reading capabilities and word recognition. By using a list of words chosen by the Speech Pathology students, librarian Heather Hilton was able to create word tiles from the list. The EnableUC team then had the responsibility of creating pictorial representations of each word and implementing them in a printable format.
As you can guess, the project was a great success!
This first-time collaboration was a successful endeavor for the Speech Pathology Department, the Bay Shore School of Health Sciences Library, and the EnableUC team at the University of Cincinnati. The educational models were designed and printed to the specifications of the students and assisted in their presentations by giving additional visual support.
For more information on 3D printing with the Bay Shore School of Health Sciences, please contact Chief Librarian Joan Wagner.
If interested in learning more about 3D printing, here are a few titles available at Touro Libraries that you check out or read online.