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Using fat for reconstructive surgery – project at TTP

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Six Long Road students took part in the latest Cambridge LaunchPad event at TTP (the Technology Partnership). Their challenge was to design an improved tool for surgeons to insert fat into the face as part of reconstructive surgery. This is a TTP live contract.

The day started with a short surgical video explaining the impact of a good tool design. Students were then divided into teams and, as well as working with TTP volunteers, discussed use / technical requirements with a ‘surgeon’.

After discussing their brief, students sourced suitable materials to plan and build prototypes then presented their work.

Two of our students, Rane Blue and Charlotte Lucock, were in the winning team, which was commended for outstanding creativity and excellent critical evaluation of their prototypes.

Thomas Whiffen and Aaron Stamford were in a team with a commendable user requirements schedule for the solution and good presentation.

Abigail Trevor and Connie Snow were in a team which was singled out for excellent teamwork.

There was then a presentation by the TTP team leader for this contract, with photos of their prototypes and discussion of how they came up with the final design. This showed many of the aspects that the student teams had highlighted during the day,

David Jones, Head of Science at Long Road, gave a video interview to outline the day and how it benefits our students. He also says:

“The day was an interactive, fun activity, based on the design process. Our students were working in mixed gender and college teams and demonstrated creativity and commitment to working collaboratively with their peers and the adult scientists at TTP. The work was inter-disciplinary across the sciences and provided challenges which were readily engaged with during the day.

“The project day provided an excellent opportunity for our students to be more aware of the range of Science and Technology work which companies complete in the Cambridge area, and will be a memorable experience which they can draw on in the future, particularly when applying and being interviewed for  university degrees, apprenticeships or employment.”

Photo: Aaron Stamford, Charlotte Lucock, Connie Snow, Abigail Trevor, Rane Blue and Thomas Whiskens

To see more photos, go to: Cambridge LaunchPad project – fat for reconstructive surgery