Build a Blade

Kids can build a running blade fit for a Paralympian! Ottobock Healthcare, a partner of the Paralympic Games since 1988, has created a resource pack to provide teachers of sciences and Physical Education in both primary and secondary schools with engaging materials around the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The resource pack is designed to build excitement for the London 2012 Paralympic Games by educating children on the equipment used by Paralympic athletes to compete. It contains useful facts, images and instruction of how to build a carbon fibre running blade and provides useful content for lesson planning and group work.

Ottobock is the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, providing athletes with immediate repairs for prosthetics, orthoses and wheelchairs. The new classroom resource has been developed to excite students about the innovative and fascinating equipment used in the Games, like the Paralympic Running Blade, which is different from an everyday prosthesis.

The kit includes a cut-out mould and instructions on how to make a Paralympic running blade using papier-mâché, lots of facts and figures and images and discussion topics surrounding accessibility and mobility inclusion.

To take a look at the resource pack, click here.

Tags: amputee, prosthetics, sports