When I got my new job several months ago, I realized the gas lift on my chair was broken. As soon as I sat down, the chair slammed right down to the bottom. My tailbone can only take a beating so many times.
Well, good news is that my boss is an engineer. He bought some PVC pipe, and some big metal zip ties, and went to work. A few minutes later, he’d fixed my chair for me, like some kind of MacGyver. That’s a simple way engineering can fix a problem in someone’s life.
Here’s a really cool way:
This kid named Shane Carrey, who goes to White Swan High School, has Cerebral Palsy. As a result, he can’t walk or talk. But the guy is normal–he just needs a computer to communicate.
Problem: Shane gets around on his wheelchair, but needed someone to set his computer up for him, and take it down, for each class. And he didn’t have it set up during lunch or in the hallways.
Solution: Some classmates decide to make engineers of themselves, and designed him the monitor stand you see in that picture to the right. Now his computer is always set up, and he can communicate on his own.
Out of the article linked-to at the end of this:
Read what I read:
- Yakima Herald article “White Swan students engineer wheelchair device for classmate.”