BFA grad Renee Nassar at MIT’s Open Style Lab

Renee Nassar (BFA '14, left) and Diana Smith (right) with their finished protective headgear prototype.

Renee Nassar (BFA ’14, left) and Diana Smith (right) with their finished protective headgear prototype.

NESAD BFA alum Renee Nassar, along with her teammate, BU student Diana Smith, recently participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Style Lab, whose mission is to create clothes and accessories for clients in the community with disabilities.

Smith and Nassar were asked to design the protective headgear for a school just west of Boston serving children with autism. Last year Open Style Lab had created armbands for the school’s faculty to be worn under long-sleeve shirts to protect against a student trying to bite them. Faculty members were already wearing traditional baseball batting helmets for protection, and this year the school asked the lab to come up with something that would appear less threatening and be more comfortable.

During the 10 week program, Renee and her partner had $500 to develop a prototype of the headgear, which was designed to look similar to a baseball cap and was dubbed they EduCap.

A sketch of an early draft of Smith and Nassar’s EduCap.

A sketch of an early draft of Smith and Nassar’s EduCap.

You can read more about Renee and Diana’s project HERE.

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