The start of the fall semester means new classes, new books and a new opportunity to be part of First Step! This innovative program gives undergraduate students a chance to be part of creating a healthier world. Student teams devise unique solutions to important societal challenges.

As this year’s program looks to add fresh faces, we thought we’d share a look at last year’s winners of the First Step Grand Challenges final pitch competition, where top undergraduate teams are awarded seed money to take their ideas, prototypes and models to the next level.

The 2018 winning team of First Step students from the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences and the College of Engineering developed a wearable device to assist stroke victims with their recovery. Helping Hands augments physical therapy for stroke patients by stretching and building muscle strength to help regain hand mobility. The team, part of the UD Orthotics and Prosthetics Club, received $5,000 to further develop their product.

View the full video here.