On March 2nd, the TAP team took a trip to the Hilliard Branch to walk through the toy adaptation program with around 12 students between grades 6-9. The students successfully adapted 5 toys for TAP and the students learned a lot about engineering and Ohio State. Thanks, Columbus City Schools!
Recently, Hofstra University collaborated with the Society of Women’s Engineering and FIRST Robotics Competition to run its own toy adaptation program. The group took volunteers from the community and used it as an opportunity to teach practical applications of reverse engineering, and as a community engagement event to get young girls and boys interested in engineering. The Department of Engineering at Hofstra plans to make this an annual event.
The Toy Adaptation Program traveled to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus to collaborate in the annual Toys for All Tots. Families were invited to come to a session to adapt up to two toys and were given 3 more toys for the holidays. Along with these toys, each family who adapted a toy were given a kit to adapt toys at home. The event allowed for the training of over 20 families and the donation of over 175 toys to families in need.
At the annual Toys for All Tots Event at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on December 2, 2018, TAP was publicised on local television. Family’s of children with disabilities were interviewed about the adaptation process and the effect’s the toys had on their own child. Thank’s ABC6!