Senior Faculty Associate for Design and Innovation for Social Change
Over the last 30 years Twitchell has worked for the Massachusetts' Adaptive Design Services and the Institute on Applied Technology at Boston Children's Hospital; created the equipment adaptation techniques and instructional methodology used by the American Canoe Association's Adaptive Paddling Certification Program; founded Ergosport, a recreational equipment development and manufacturing company; and was the founding director of the Hampshire College Lemelson Center.
Over the last 15 years, Colin has been involved with the start up of over two dozen student and alum conventional and social enterprises.
Additionally, Colin and his students' designs have been exhibited at the United Nations and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Recycling, remanufacturing, refurbishing, repurposing and up-cycling are all ways to add value, reduce waste and lower the environmental impact of used objects. Through the notion of tinkering, we will explore how discarded objects can be creatively reused for utilitarian and artistic purposes. Through this process participants in the course will enhance their technological creativity and designing capacity. Using projects and experiential means (e.g. tinkering) students in this course will gain a deeper understanding of their creative process, improve their understanding of mechanical objects, explore the relationship between discarded and reused, acquire basic fabrication and design skills and do some intuitive engineering.