TAP Facilitates Partnership for MAKE OHI/O Design Challenge

Earlier this month, over 80 organizations partnered with Hack OHI/O to put together the largest hardware competition in Ohio. For 24 hours, students and their advisers work on a project, competing for prizes and the funds to continue the project beyond the competition. This year, May We Help sponsored and connected Make OHI/O with their humanitarian engineering project: an adapted dog treat launcher for a Cincinnati resident and her dogs.

View the Hack OHI/O website and May We Help for more insight into their initiatives and future events. TAP was so grateful to witness the award ceremony and facilitate partnerships involved in the event. Below is a short video clip compiling some footage of the judging and presenting phase, along with the winners of “Most Socially Responsible” and “Highest Craftsmanship.”

OSU Facebook Feature of Toys for All Tots Media

The Ohio State University Dept. of Engineering Marketing team compiled a video showcasing media from our Toys for All Tots event at Nationwide Children’s Hospital last month. The video received over one thousand reactions, and can be viewed on their Facebook page at the following link:

Toys for All Tots Video

TAP Event Compilation Featured in ASEE Teacher Newsletter

The American Society for Engineering Education teacher newsletter-released each month- featured a profile of the Toy Adaptation Program in their December 2017 issue. The exposure compiles various media coverage and background information accumulated about TAP.

The article and supplemental videos can be found here! 

10TV News Interview with TAP Interns

Undergraduate Interns Matthew Ritzenthaler and Victoria Kinzel were interviewed by 10TV reporter Cierra Johnson, adding to our other recent media coverage! In this segment, Ritzenthaler and Kinzel explain the methodologies at the core of toy adaptation as well as the multifaceted benefits created by TAP’s partnerships for both engineering students attending Ohio State and children who acquire the toys.

10TV’s video and accompanying article can be accessed here.

ABC6 Coverage of Nationwide-TAP Partnership

The annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Toys for all Tots event took place Saturday, December 9th. Toy Adaptation Program interns and student volunteers were fortunate to work directly with families and children from across Ohio and beyond, instructing them on the toy adaptation process and later donating adaptation kits and adapted toys to them.

An ABC6 news segment covering the event, including intern Victoria Kinzel’s thoughts toward TAP and Toys for all Tots can be found here!

Crane Center Hosts Rachel Kajfez for Presentation

TAP’s chief collaborator and Ohio State Assistant Professor Rachel Kajfez was hosted by the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy on Wednesday, December 6th where the program was able to gain some exposure with faculty, educators, therapists, and students affiliated with the university. In addition, intern Samantha Young was interviewed about the impact TAP has had on her professional development and personal life.

Coverage of the event can be found here.

TAP Featured on NPR Social Media

The Toy Adaptation Program will be collaborating with Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Toys for all Tots event this upcoming month on Saturday, December 9th!

TAP also assisted with this event last year. Through partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Toys for all Tots event, TAP was able to provide access to adapted toys for local Columbus families in time for the holiday season. Find the radio coverage and one family’s testimony to the impact of reverse toy engineering here. 

WOSU’s segment was featured on the NPR Facebook page.


TAP Showcased in Annual ASEE Conference Kickoff

The 124th annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference-hosted in Columbus, OH this summer- provided ample opportunity for the Department of Engineering Education to exhibit the research advances, leadership, and enrichment occurring within Ohio State to an international crowd. Read more about the event and inclusion of the Toy Adaptation Program here! 

Toy Adaptation Reaches Muskingum University Engineering

Two Muskingum University engineering science students and Associate Professor implement a toy adaptation program on their campus after attending The Ohio State University’s TAP summer ASEE workshop. Read more about their goals and the uplifting impact they hope to have on families in the surrounding community, here!