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Testing athletic sensor systems

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RII: Enhancing Alabama's Research Capacity in Nano/Bio Science and Sensors  (Tuskegee University)

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High-school students and faculty from the University of Alabama (UA) have collaborated on a project to test sensors and computer models as athletes train. The research examined how stress levels impact the human body.

Working with mentors from UA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, the Greene County, Ala., high-school interns learned new technology skills including basic programming and operation of sensor device control systems. Future student research will compare sensor devices currently available on the market, examining cost and profit margins, as part of an introductory business class offered to the high-school students on the UA campus.

As part of the research, students also worked with UA Athletic Department faculty and learned how to predict movement, fatigue and possible dangers that sports equipment can present to athletes. The sensor devices were also under scrutiny as potential technology transfer opportunities and business startup options.

The collaborative effort is supported through NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

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  • students assemble sensors
Students assemble sensors.
Karen Boykin, University of Alabama

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