High school students from Maryland, United States, created a wheelchair stroller attachment to help the spouse of a teacher walk their baby, in a creation that could also help millions of others living with physical disabilities.
“The hardest part of the project was putting ourselves in the shoes of a person with physical disabilities,” says Jacob Zlotnitsky, 18, one of the “Making for Social Good” class. “I feel fortunate to have been able to take a class that has allowed me to make a difference in people’s lives.”
The students built two designs within the class: the WheeStroll Wheelchair Stroller Attachment, a metal structure that can connect to a wheelchair, and the WheeStroll Wheelchair Stroller Adapter 3D-printed parts that allow attaching a stroller to a wheelchair. The latter is meant to be used once the baby no longer fits in a car seat and needs to be carried in an actual stroller. The attachment can be built with simple tools costing less than $100, and the class even released a build-it-yourself online tutorial. The wheelchair project won two international awards – one for “Best Inspirational Story” and another one for “Best Showcase of Interactive Design” from the Make:able 3D Printing Challenge.