TEST Progress Check

  • (2013 August) KID completes TEST program update to the benefit of engineering students nationwide  TEST (Teaching Early Safety Testing) program redevelopment has been completed. TEST allows students to actively participate in the design process of a product with safety as a key consideration during all product development stages. The TEST program can be used in its entirety or the resources can be used independently at the professor’s discretion. Materials include PowerPoints, lesson plans, student project ideas and examples, and many other helpful resources. It is KID’s hope this newly updated program will further benefit future engineers and ultimately reduce the number of defective children’s products on the market. For updates and to learn more about the TEST program, click here.  Please contact KID if you are interested in bringing TEST to your school or want to volunteer to help build the program.
  • (2013 July) KID updating TEST program to provide effective product safety materials to budding engineers This summer KID’s TEST Program is being updated to better serve the needs of undergraduate engineering students and address the changes in regulatory standards and children’s products. TEST gives student engineers and designers the tools they need to integrate safety into any product they design and apply appropriate testing practices and standards to the products.  Revisions will include newer examples including recent recalls, integration of requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, and other important updates. KID is also working with ASTM International to expose more students to using standards. Please contact KID if you are interested in bringing TEST to your school or want to volunteer to help build the program.
  • (2013 June) Student engineers present TEST design projects at Northwestern  Four teams of freshman engineering students recently presented their final design projects involving sleep environments for babies. Here’s the lesson Ryan from the Baby Bungalow team learned, “one thing I learned while working on this project is that you have to design not only for how you want the user to use your product, but for how they’re actually going to use it, because the user is not going to read the instructions, or put the mattress in or fold it up in quite the way that you want to do it. So you have to foresee how they’re going to use the product so that it’s safe and there are no issues with it whatsoever.” Read the final reports:
    Baby Bungalow
    SafeCrib
    Safety Net
  • (2010 May) KID sponsors student projects at Northwestern University, University of Michigan KID is currently sponsoring two freshman student team projects at Northwestern University to look at safety hazards and design solutions for two juvenile products, baby bath aids and dining booster seats. In the fall, KID worked with a team of seniors at University of Michigan on safety hazards, design solutions and testing requirements for a new type of product, bedside sleepers. Read their final report here.
  • (2009 May) KID sponsors student projects at Northwestern University, University of Michigan KID is currently sponsoring two freshman student team projects at Northwestern University to look at safety hazards and design solutions for two juvenile products, baby bath aids and dining booster seats. In the fall, KID worked with a team of seniors at University of Michigan on safety hazards, design solutions and testing requirements for a new type of product, bedside sleepers. Read their final report here.
  • (2008 May) KID sponsors student projects at Northwestern University, University of Michigan KID is currently sponsoring two freshman student team projects at Northwestern University to look at safety hazards and design solutions for two juvenile products, baby bath aids and dining booster seats. In the fall, KID worked with a team of seniors at University of Michigan on safety hazards, design solutions and testing requirements for a new type of product, bedside sleepers. Read their final report here.
  • (2006 July) KID Showcases TEST at Annual ASEE Conference in June KID presented the TEST curriculum materials at the June Annual Conference of the American Association For Engineering Education (ASEE) in Chicago. Many college and university programs, along with some K-12 programs expressed interest in the program. KID will work with them over the coming year to integrate design safety into the curriculum in their programs.
  • (2004 December) TEST advisory committee The Teach Early Safety Testing (TEST) program has expanded its scope in an effort to get a strong local base of universities and community colleges in the Chicago area. This will supplement the larger national programs contacted in the past.The TEST program advisory committee will hold its first phone conference in December. The committee will help steer the project and provide useful insight into both the educational institutions TEST is targeting, and design safety in engineering. The advisory committee is currently helping the KID staff polish the TEST curriculum guide which will be sent to schools. The committee members are:

• Stephan H. Carr, Assoc. Dean for Undergraduate Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

Linda Ginzel, KID co-founder, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, University of Chicago

Barbara R. Guthrie, Director of Consumer Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Carol Pollack Nelson, Ph. D., Independent Safety Consulting

Thomas Jacobius, Director, Interprofessional Studies, Illinois Institute of Technology

Professor David Voltmer, Professor of Electrical and computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Kristen Weiss, Corporate Giving Program Administrator, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

  • (2004 July) TEST advisory committee and curriculum guide KID has begun formation of the initial advisory committee for the TEST program. KID has already received several commitments to serve on the committee, which will be made up of members of undergraduate engineering programs, the professional engineering community, and testing and consulting firms. The committee will guide KID as we create a safety based engineering module and integrate it into the undergraduate curriculum at several pilot institutions this fall. KID has also taken the curriculum guide for the module to the draft stage. After internal editing and review by the advisory committee, the guide will be ready for use in the pilot programs.
  • (2004 June) Michigan Engineering Student Survey To evaluate current safety education in engineering programs, KID surveyed students in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Michigan. Forty-six students responded, and the results illustrate the need to improve the design safety information reaching students. The students did show understanding of how important standards are in making safe products, but don’t necessarily have enough information to integrate safety into their designs.
  • (2003 December) A safer portable crib design A new safer portable crib could be available sooner then you think. Through TEST, KID worked with four engineering seniors at the University of Michigan to develop a safer portable crib. The top rails of the students’ crib eliminate the downward V-shape design that can collapse creating a strangulation hazard that has killed at least sixteen children. As part of the project, the students reviewed Federal and voluntary safety standards, previous incidents and current crib designs. The students are currently applying for a provisional patent, which will protect their design as they refine it. Read the news coverage.
  • (2003 September) Integrating safety curriculum KID conducted a mailing of TEST materials to engineering programs, and started discussing integrating TEST’s safety resources and information into the curriculum of nine undergraduate engineering programs: including University of Michigan, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
  • (2003 July) Safety design literature review KID reviewed current programs and available literature on design safety in engineering education. The result, Teach Early Safety Testing: The Case for Expanded Product Safety Design Training (LINK) was published by KID in July 2003.