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PAED Alumnus Wins Design Awards

ME alumnus, Miss Mandy LAU Shuk-man (2008 graduate of BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design) has recently received awards for her Master Degree industrial design project.

While Mandy was pursuing her Master Degree in Design at Monash University, Australia, her industrial design project “Reach & Match” has won The Winner of Melbourne Design Awards (Consumer Products); Global Finalist – INDEX: Design Challenge 2010 Designing for Education (Copenhagen) and Vice-Chancellor’s Social Industrial Design Awards (Monash University).

“Reach & Match” is a Braille learning toy for both blind and visually impaired children to have an interesting exposure to Braille literacy. It is an innovative double-sided sensory toy: Front side (Match side) is pre-braille learning for toddlers. Visually impaired children are guided to match the patterns from the mats to the tiles. The patterns are mobility symbols for visually impaired in the society. Back side (Reach side) is Braille alphabets learning for preschoolers. The children are guided by the path on the mats and learn Braille alphabets. It provides the tactile learning, motor development, direction and space training for blind children.

“This design aims to bring dignity, comfort, support and a quality of life experience for visually impaired children to enjoy equal rights and opportunity.” Mandy said. “BEng (Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design of Department of Mechanical Engineering, PolyU has helped me to develop my foundation of product design engineering, as well as a full integration of knowledge and marketing techniques for innovative products R&D.”

Mandy has just completed her study of Master of Design at Monash University in Australia and is currently working as an Industrial Designer in Melbourne.