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National Ergonomics Month 2021 Contests

To celebrate National Ergonomics Month, HFES is proud to sponsor three exciting contests for the HF/E community to join and participate in! Click the following links to learn more about each contest below:

Submit all entries here!


Contest 1 - Theme: "Back to the Future: What Did We Leave Behind, and Where Are We Going?"

  • Time capsule: provide a snapshot of how life, education, healthcare, work, industry, community,  and/or innovation have evolved in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic? What were some unique challenges in your field? What creative solutions were developed to maintain good HFE practices (e.g. work-from-home, socially distant laboratory)?
  • How can HFE be used to respond to these changes?
    • What gaps are there in the new norm we are approaching?
    • What are the new opportunities and design spaces?

Target Audience: Everyone in the HF/E community

Awards: Cash prize (First place: $75, Second Place: $50, Third Place: $25)

Submit: 

Submit your entry by any media: written, pictures, video or social media 

What to include in your submission...

  • Illustrate and describe a snapshot representing a time capsule of your HFE challenges, experiences, and accomplishments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • What do you believe are the HFE implications as we approach new national and global normals?

Timeline:

  • This event will be launched at the in-person HFES meeting October 4th – 8th, 2021, and will run through the month of October. Submit entry here by November 1, 2021
  • All entries will be Peer-reviewed by NEM Committee
    • Criteria:
      • Innovative
      • HF/E application
      • Responsiveness to the Call

NEM Committee:

  • Tristan Endsley
  • Gretchen Macht
  • Bethany Lowndes
  • Travis Phillippi
  • Dominque Engome Tchupo
  • Jordan Dixon
  • Michelle Robertson, Chair 

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Contest 2 - Theme: Healthcare Industry Application Outreach

  • Clinicians work tirelessly to care for patients. There are many opportunities to continue applying human factors and ergonomics principles and awareness in the healthcare industry to further patient and provider safety. 
  • During National Ergonomics Month, we want to reach out to the healthcare industry to provide resources and support for their hard work
  • How can principles from HFE be applied to address challenges in healthcare?

Potential Applicants: Everyone in the HF/E community 

Target Audience: Frontline Healthcare Workers, Patient Safety, Human Resources, Managers, and Administrators

Awards: Cash prize (First Place: $75, Second Place: $50, Third Place: $25).

Submit:  Submit your entry by a flyer 
What to include in your submission...

  • Demonstration, description, and/or illustration of HFE applications to address challenges in healthcare
  • Information or guides that can be applied by clinicians
  • Formatting that can be displayed on a flyer in a clinical facility

Timeline:

  • This event will be launched at the in-person HFES meeting October 4th – 8th, 2021, and will run through the month of October. Submit entry here by November 1st, 2021
  • All entries will be Peer-reviewed by NEM Committee
    • Criteria:
      • Innovative
      • HF/E application
      • Responsiveness to the Call

NEM Committee:

  • Tristan Endsley
  • Gretchen Macht
  • Bethany Lowndes
  • Travis Phillippi
  • Dominque Engome Tchupo
  • Jordan Dixon
  • Michelle Robertson, Chair 

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Contest 3 - Theme: K-12 HF/E Activities Booklet Creation

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Sustainable Innovative Solutions (SIS) Lab1, in collaboration with the National Ergonomics Month (NEM) committee at HFES, created activities for K-12 students to explore human factors and ergonomics. Several initiatives exist to increase the accessibility of STEM subjects to K-12 students, in an effort to do so, activity booklets such as these allow for educators and parents to teach their students about various topics they might not be familiar with. This also removes the burden of learning the subject and creating activities while also spreading knowledge and interest about lesser-known fields to future generations.

Seven of these inaugural activities, provided in pamphlet form, cover the following topics: directional hearing, grip strength, backpack posture, learning curves, anthropometry, cognitive processing, and teams. Each pamphlet starts with an overview of HF/E and each activity includes an activity overview and the topic it is addressing, as well as practical applications. 

The activities are adjusted according to the class level (i.e., K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)2 for both the lesson plan and the reflection questions. Each activity includes a teacher’s materials page and a separate student handout. The teacher’s materials page includes a bill of materials, a video to aid in the teaching/learning, and key takeaways from that video. To make these activities readily accessible, the materials needed consist of dollar-store or household items where possible. Meanwhile the student handout contains the activity’s procedure and the reflection questions. 

To continue with this initiative, we are looking to add more activities and planning to test them with the target audience. HFES NEM and the SIS Lab plan on carrying trials to understand not only whether the different activities and questions are, in fact, level appropriate but also whether they serve their purpose of teaching students about HF/E.

1 The primary authors were undergraduate researchers, Travis Phillippi and Abbie DeAngelis, under the supervision of Ph.D. Candidate Dominique Engome Tchupo and professor Gretchen A. Macht, Ph.D.
2 Byrnes Health Education Center. (n.d.). Lessons & activities. Lessons and Activities. https://learntobehealthy.org/lessons-and-activities/. 


Call For Submissions
The NEM committee would like to invite other HFES professionals and students to participate in the creation of these activities. The template used is provided and participants are encouraged to create and share their own activities. Feel free to change the colors as you see fit and add your organization’s logo. Participants can create their own template so long as the components of the provided examples are present (division according to grades, bill of materials, procedure, etc.). The activities can cover any HF&E topic including those already covered provided that the activities are not repeated. 

Submissions will be accepted through the month of October (1st - 31st) with cash prizes of:

  • First place: $75
  • Second place: $50
  • Third place: $25

 

Activities template can be found here.

Submit entry here by November 1.

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