This year, members of the STEM club participated in a competition called the AbilityOne Engineering Design Challenge.The Design Challenge encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment.Through the help of the the Developmental Center of Toledo the group worked with Devine, a high school girl with cerebral palsy. After talking with Devine the team decided to focus on inventing a device to assist her stapling work. The created for her, the Y.E.S. which stands for Your Easy Stapler. This device is an adaptation for staplers, which helps to guide papers into the small mouth of the stapler, and also evens the papers out while they are pushed into it. The project was submitted to the AbilityOne Design Challenge on January 14th, as a discussion paper and video. The 6 minute video is featured at:
The team members who are awaiting the results of the competition are: Lauren Poellnitz, Charese Foster, Jasmine Arndt, Neera Martin, Beatrice Thaman, and Tvisha Martin.