Have you heard of the maker movement? It’s a grass roots “Do It Yourself” (DIY) movement to encourage kids and adults to “learn by doing”, and to do this learning with peers, for the purposes of fun and self-fulfillment.
We (myself and my colleague Matt Kenyon, Associate Professor at the Stamps School of Art and Design) are leading a group of individuals at the University of Michigan and from the larger community, to support maker activities for health, as we believe that kids and caregivers should part of the creation and promotion of health.
To encourage kids to become creators and designers of their own tools and technologies for health, we have created this app design tool.
How it works
In the professional design world, a product concept or mobile application is often prototyped first with cheap materials, such as paper and pencil.
You can print off as many pages you need of the app design tool. Encourage your child to engage his/her creativity and ingenuity to be a designer and creator of games or tools related to health. Markers, pencil, and any other materials may be used. You can work with your child to develop his/her idea and write down the key concepts.
Take the next step:
- Please share your ideas with us by email, Twitter, or Facebook to join a movement that encourages kids to become creators of their own tools and technologies for health. Winners will receive prizes for their ideas at our We Make Health Fest.
- Join us for the first We Make Health Fest on August 16. This free family event at the University of Michigan’s Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rooms will be filled with design and maker activities for health. Imagine a science fair times 1,000 in the “cool factor” with live demos and a chance to be inspired and make and your very own tools and designs!
- Learn more about where the Health Design By Us movement came from.
Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, is a pediatric endocrinologist, researcher, and design thinker.
The We Make Health Fest is sponsored by the Mott Mobile Technology for Enhancing Child Health (M2TECH) Program funded by the Charles Woodson Research Fund and HealthDesignBy.Us is funded by the Provost’s office. HealthDesignBy.Us is a community of individuals passionate about health, technology, and participatory design.
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.