TEST Program

 

TEST, or Teach Early Safety Testing, partners with university and high school engineering and STEM programs to incorporate design safety into the engineering curriculum. The program provides important background materials and educational opportunities on safety for tomorrow’s designers and engineers of children’s products.

TEST is designed to promote the development of safe products by integrating children’s product safety, standards, and testing practices into the curriculum. TEST gives student engineers and designers the tools they need to integrate safety into any product they design and to apply appropriate testing practices and standards to these designs. TEST enables manufacturers and testing laboratories to find qualified students already familiar with standards and testing. Examples of interactive student projects ideas show the range of the TEST program.

The TEST curriculum and materials are now public through the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC). Check out how KID promotes designing for safety and safety testing in future engineers here. Please share this rich resource with the engineers, designers, and educators to help promote safer children’s products.

TEST is funded in part through a grant from Underwriters Laboratories Inc., who also provides technical support in the development of the program.

Children’s safety is KID’s highest priority. For more information related to product design safety, please look at TEST’s safety resources sheet. Check out our safety highlights for future engineers to take a peek into the content provided to TEST students.

If you are interested in learning more or are interested in having your students participate in TEST, contact us.

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TEST Progress

In the 2017 fiscal year, KID worked with 15 teams, consisting of 60 students, creating 15 projects from Harvey Mudd College, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. Since TEST’s inauguration in 2003, KID has worked with over 100 teams and over 400 students to create over 100 safe children’s product prototypes. This past fall, KID launched our first TEST high school program at Leyden High School, where the program was well-received by students.