Foot Fidget Tool 

As part of my extended essay for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I researched and designed a fidget tool that students with ADHD can use with their feet. It allows students to stay stimulated while still being able to participate in classroom activities with their hands. 

Research Question: How can a viable product be designed to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) expend excess energy, but not disrupt the classroom?

Analysis of Current problem

Although there are many products on the market currently that advertise as fidget tools, in reality they are toys that end up capturing too much of the attention of students. There was a need for fidget tools that allow for non-distracting movement. Additionally, a product was needed that did not hinder students’ ability to participate effectively in the classroom setting.


To gain more insight into the issue, I interviewed multiple learning specialists who are experts in the field. Additionally, I analyzed current products on the market. Based on this research, I developed a list of specifications to guide my design. 


Through a process of sketching and making mockups each concept was evaluated based on the specifications. In the end what was know as the skeeball was chosen. 

User Testing

After manufacturing my design, I engaged in user testing with 3rd through 6th graders.