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MEDAL QUEST is presented in the United States under agreement with the United States Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. Major funding for MEDAL QUEST is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. MEDAL QUEST and DESIGN SQUAD are produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

These media resources from MEDAL QUEST and DESIGN SQUAD help students explore how science, technology, engineering, and math support athletes with physical disabilities as they compete at elite levels.

Use these standards-based resources to increase students’ understanding of people with disabilities, broaden awareness of Paralympic sports, highlight the adaptive technologies used by Paralympic athletes, and showcase the engineering design process used to create these technologies.

Designing a Wheelchair for Rugby


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Designing a Wheelchair for Rugby

In this video segment adapted from Design Squad, teams of high school kids use the engineering design process to build an automated wheelchair to help a U.S. Paralympic athlete train.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1936
  • Favorites: 60
The Prosthetist


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The Prosthetist

In this MEDAL QUEST video, prosthetist Shane Ryley explains the care and technology needed to create high-performance artificial limbs for athletes.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 688
  • Favorites: 39
The Design Process Poster


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The Design Process Poster

This printable image from DESIGN SQUAD illustrates the five steps of the engineering design process.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 2761
  • Favorites: 70
Jeff Fabry: Like a Robot Shooting the Bow


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Jeff Fabry: Like a Robot Shooting the Bow

In this MEDAL QUEST video, Paralympic archer Jeff Fabry shares the adaptive technology that enables his robot-like shooting routine and explains the impact archery has had on his life.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 445
  • Favorites: 17
Titanium Chairs and Cheetah Legs


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Titanium Chairs and Cheetah Legs

In this MEDAL QUEST video, Paralympians share how adaptive technologies have helped them perform in a range of competitive sports.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1505
  • Favorites: 60
The Design Process


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The Design Process

This video resource, excerpted from DESIGN SQUAD, illustrates each step of the engineering design process.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 4204
  • Favorites: 150
Designing Swimming Prosthetics for a Dancer


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Designing Swimming Prosthetics for a Dancer

In this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD, teams of high school kids use the engineering design process to build specialized prostheses for a double-amputee dancer who performs underwater.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1472
  • Favorites: 46