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!
Earlier this month, team members from the Toy Adaptation Program traveled to iSpace in Cincinnati to work with girls interested in STEM fields. The team worked with about 40 girls with ages ranging from 10-17 years old and adapted 20 toys for kids with special needs. iSpace will be donating the toys locally. TAP loves working with community partners as well as getting students interested in science and engineering, so this was an exciting workshop!
This month, TAP is taking on a new adventure! We’re partnering with BuckeyeFunder to raise $10,000 that will help us give the gift of play to children in our community. These funds will be used to support our program for the upcoming school year and will allow us to keep running workshops with families, students, and community partners.
To learn more and donate, please visit our BuckeyeFunder page.
Thank you for your support and Go Bucks!
Check out an interview with one of our Toy Adaptation Program interns in the newest The Lantern article!
The 2018 Community Engagement Conference, hosted this past spring semester, provided an excellent opportunity for the Toy Adaptation Program to discuss its goals and contribution to the wellness of the community with faculty, staff, students, and community partners. More details about our participation as can be found here.
Earlier this month, TAP graciously received the Emerging Community Engagement Award from The Ohio State University Office of Outreach and Engagement. According to the Office, recipients of the award “will have demonstrated outstanding promise in community outreach and engagement with the development of a relatively new initiative that has shown the potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship.”
More information can be found about the award criteria here.