2018 Events

December 2018:

  • On December 2nd, a successful collaboration between the TAP and Nationwide Children’s Hospital took place. Nearly 20 families attended and over 175 toys were donated to families for the holiday season! Families were also taught and given toy adaptation kits to take home.

November 2018:

  • Our second autumn Repair Lab was held on November 15th. Nearly 30 engineering students attended and successfully fixed over 20 toys!
  • On November 5th, iSPACE of Cincinnati OH hosted a toy adaptation workshop for K-12 girls interested in science and engineering. 40 girls from 5th through 12th grade attended and successfully adapted 20 toys!

October 2018:

  • Our first autumn Repair Lab was held on October 16th. FE Honors and Scholars Students attend the open lab to repair toys they worked on in their first year engineering course. Over 20 students attended and 15 toys were adapted!
  • On October 2nd, the Columbus Metropolitan Library South High Branch hosted an after school toy adaptation workshop for local high school students. The TAP team taught about the program and aided with the workshop.

September 2018:

  • First-year Engineering Scholars students participated in a Toy Adaptation lab in conjunction with their Introduction to Circuits lab on Friday, September 7th. They learned about the impact adapted toys have on their community and how to adapt a toy!
  • On September 20th, AEP employees joined OSU students to network and adapt toys. 15 toys were successfully adapted!

August 2018:

  • On August 2nd, TAP joined the College of Engineering to host the inaugural Buckeye Engineering Grandparents Day! Grandparents and grandchildren learned about engineering at Ohio State by participating in hands-on STEM activities. Ten teams of grandparents and grandchildren were able to successfully adapt 12 toys.
  • Bradley High School in Hilliard hosted The Big Think Event, a two day conference dedicated to motivating and inspiring innovation in education. TAP was honored to feature the program as a conference event.

July 2018:

  • Otterbein Assistive Technology students attended a workshop on July 13th. Their AT skills brought a new and exciting advantage to toy adaptation, allowing for a successful workshop.
  • Families from across the country attended a workshop at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on July 28th to learn about toy adaptation and take home a few toys for themselves. Over 20 toys were donated at this event.

May 2018:

  • On Tuesday, May 8th, TAP interns met with therapists from Nationwide Children’s Hospital to hold a workshop at the downtown Columbus location. There were nearly 20 participants and 35 toys were donated to the therapists.
  • Students at Whetstone High School attended an info session on May 22nd, where our staff taught about the program and its impact on the community.
  • May 23rd, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside branch hosted our staff to teach K-12 students about toy adaptation and the program.

April 2018:

  • The Nisonger TOPS workshop took place on Wednesday, April 4th. We enjoyed working with our 11 participants and adapted 3 toys! For more information about the TOPS program, see their website.
  • Our workshop at the American Electric Power Pataskala, OH site took place Tuesday, April 10th. We were fortunate to work with 44 professionals on adapting 16 toys.
  • April’s open repair labs took place on April 3rd and April 17th. Thank you to each of our students who participated throughout the semester! We had 34 volunteers at our final open lab, who repaired over 30 toys.
  • Thursday, April 19th, interns and students traveled to Starling Middle School in Columbus, OH to teach toy adaptation to K-8th graders.
  • Saturday, April 21st, interns and students traveled to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard branch to adapt toys with junior high and high school participants from Columbus-area schools. The 25 participants worked together to successfully adapt 6 toys.

March 2018:

  • During our March 6th open lab, our undergraduate and graduate volunteers successfully adapted 19 toys! Thank you to our 19 participants for assisting us.
  • On Wednesday, March 7th, interns will be traveling to the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Parsons Ave. Branch) to teach middle school and junior high students about the adaptation process.

February 2018:

  • February Open Lab took place on Tuesday the 20th- 11 volunteers and interns successfully adapted 15 toys to be donated to the Nisonger Center and other donation outlets!
  • Tuesday, February 6th, 11 Occupational and Speech Therapists from Nationwide Children’s Hospital attended a presentation and workshop led by TAP Interns. We were so grateful to gain their professional insight into assistive technology used in home healthcare. A total of 50 toys were donated!
  • Saturday, February 10th, 16 teachers from Whitehall School District’s Engineering is Elementary program came to Ohio State to learn more about  toy adaptation methodology and potential integration into elementary environments. TAP/ engineering education students led the event, and 8 toys were successfully adapted for donation.
  • Tuesday, February 13th, TAP assisted in facilitating the MakeOH/IO 2018 project reveal. Learn more about this exciting contest at the MAKEathon website here.

January 2018:

  • Open Labs for toy repair began January 23rd, occurring bi-weekly through the end of spring semester. All are welcome for this casual, recurring event.
  • TAP Interns traveled to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Wednesday, January 31st to deliver a presentation about toy adaptation processes to middle-school aged guests.