2016 Events

December 2016: 

  • Toys for All Tots: TAP traveled to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to teach families how to adapt toys at Toys for All Tots! At the workshop, 15 volunteers helped teach 50 families how to adapt toys, and 128 toys were donated to these families. 

October 2016: 

  • Katelyn’s Krusade Workshop: 10 students adapted 10 toys at Katelyn’s Kloset. These toys will be part of a donation to children in Mexico during the Christmas season.
  • TAP team presented the paper “Modeling Real-World Objects: Connecting SolidWorks to Toy Adaptation” at the Frontiers in Education Conference in Erie, PA.
  • Members of the Women in Engineering Program (32 students) and of the Minority Engineering Program (32 students) participated in a workshop for their first-year seminar courses adapting 20 total toys.

September 2016: 

  • All Ohio State Freshman Honors Engineers (FEH) Sections Completed a Toy Adaptation Lab: 467 first-year honors engineering students participated and 75 toys were successfully adapted.
  • All Ohio State GES and HES Students Completed a Toy Adaptation Lab: Approximately 209 first-year students participated and approximately 50 toy trains/firetrucks were successfully adapted.

August 2016: 

  • First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference Workshop Session: 26 conference attendees came together to learn about TAP and how to adapt toys.  They adapted approximately 15 toys that were donated to local toy lending libraries.

July 2016: 

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Family Workshop: 7 families participated in the workshop where they were mentored by members of the TAP team. Together they adapted 7 ball poppers that the families took home.

June 2016:

  • TAP team presented the paper “Community Service as a Means of Engineering Inspiration: An Initial Investigation into the Impact of the Toy Adaptation Program” at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • All 36 high school students participating in the Engineering Summer Experience (ESE) participated in a toy adaptation lab as a part of their program adapting 12 toys in total.

April 2016: 

  • Zane State College Workshop: 8 middle school girls joined 6 GES volunteers to adapt 4 bubble makers!
  • TAP collaborated with the College of Engineering during Impact Week hosting 10 alumni along with 25 students resulting in a total of 15 adapted toys.

March 2016:

  • American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Workshop at Smith Lab: ASHE members learned to adapt toys with help from OSU engineering students. Together they adapted 30 toys! Thank you ASHE!

February 2016:

  • Repair Workshop at Smith lab: Ohio State Green Engineering Scholars repaired and finished adapting 25 toys!

January 2016:

  • Community Workshop at CodeMash in Sandusky, Ohio: Thank you for the invitation, Microsoft! Approximately 175 CodeMash attendees learned to adapt and 70 toys were adapted! Pictures from the event can be seen here.