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.
Tuesday, April 10th, the TAP team traveled to American Electric Power’s site in Pataskala, OH to lead a workshop and collaborate with 44 professionals adapting 16 toys. Partnership between TAP and AEP has been ongoing, and the team anticipates future events with them during the upcoming academic year. TAP is continually grateful for the industry partners who take time out of their schedules to work with us and make our initiative possible.
During the Autumn 2017 semester, the TAP team began holding bi-weekly repair labs in Smith Laboratory. These repair labs serve as a time for students to receive community service hours and assist the TAP team in repairing adapted toys for families. Seven repair labs were held throughout the 2018 Spring semester, and for the final lab, we had 35 volunteers! On behalf of the TAP team, thank you to all of the students who have donated their time in the evenings to help us repair and adapt. TAP is always appreciative of the volunteers that make this initiative possible.
Earlier this month, over 80 organizations-including AEP, Honda, and Batelle- partnered with Hack OHI/O to host 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 a 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 footage of the judging and presentation phase, along with the winners of “Highest Craftsmanship” and “Most Socially Responsible.”
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: