Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


After two disappointments encountered by WPI students devising STS units with disease thematics, the "backpack debate" led us to attempt a unit on scoliosis, a disease that was neither life-threatening nor well known. The theme was also directly relevant to the sixth and seventh grade students targeted and not beyond their control. Posture and back pain were things they could relate to and that could be addressed by studies of physiology, physics, and statistics. It was a success despite its less gripping or spectacular thematic.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies