If you would, please congratulate Caroline Madden, Kebish Pius, Tyler Marotta and Tyler Yurisinec on a job well-done. Beginning in December, these kiddos began planning and executing their project for the Design to Make a Difference showcase. The team's goal was to design a product to be used by students with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or ADHD. We noticed products on the current market created opportunities for children with the mentioned disorders to find security and comfort; however, these products appear to be conspicuous. The team's goal, using a 3-D printer, was to create fidget toys that could satisfy the child while hidden in the front pocket. The garment created also offered compression around the waist and weighted pockets at the shoulders. Due to the design, children can make the jacket suit their needs e.g. remove the weights, leave the compression band loose or swap out the various fidget toys. From the outside the sweatshirt resembled that of any other wore by peers, but the inside reveals possibilities.
Not only were the students able to complete the product, the team walked away with 5 metals! Please congratulate the kids on their 2 gold metals for Growth and Pitch (meaning sales pitch) and 3 silver metals for Innovation, Impact and Display. They deserve a giant pat on the back for their efforts!
We would like to thank the staff and administration at Holiday Park and O'block for their continued support, understanding and flexibility. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Kim Szafranski for her expertise and guidance.
I have attached a video of the showcase, if you would like to see what the students have accomplished.
Design to Make a Difference Video - Click Here