Students Create Wheelchair Add On To Help New Dad


Jeremy King of Germantown, Maryland, had surgery for a brain tumor three years ago when he was 34 and was left with physical challenges like not being able to balance well. He can walk, but has balance issues so he doesn't walk while carrying his newborn son Phoenix.

His wife, Chelsie, a teacher at Bullis School, turned to a coworker, Matt Zigler for help. Matt teaches a class called “Making for Social Good,” where students design products that have a positive social impact. He threw the challenge to his class and they got to work on something that could attach to Jeremy’s wheelchair. The students did interviews with the Kings to understand the issue and needs and eventually narrowed down their ideas into two projects: the WheeStroll Stroller Attachment, which connects an infant car seat to a wheelchair, and the WheeStroll Stroller Connector, which connects an entire stroller to a wheelchair.

Using the school’s MakerSpace, students were able to 3D print parts and buy others from Home Depot. Their goal, beyond helping the Kings, was to create an affordable design that other MakerSpaces could replicate to help families with disabilities.


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