Engineering Good’s partnership with Trybe has officially started!
This Project ‘Serving’ is ‘Hack-a-Toy’ with a twist. In partnership with Trybe, we have structured the series of workshops as a way for the youths from Trybe to learn more about the value of ‘serving’. Thereafter, they will learn skills related to ‘hack-a-toy’, and even ‘hack-a-mouse’, where the end products will benefit children with special needs. Low-cost big button switches will enable children with fine motor disabilities to operate toys independently, while low-cost switch adapted computer mice allows the left and right clicks to be operated with an external big button switch – increasing independence of children with fine motor disabilities. Independent access to toys, the computer and the internet allows and creates unlimited opportunities for these children to play and learn.
We delivered the first session of the workshop on the 2nd June 2016. It was a highly engaging and interactive session where volunteers also contributed to the structure of the workshop. The youths explored the various types of ‘serving’. They also got into small groups, brainstormed and even presented to the class “what is serving” and “how can we serve?” This is no mean feat for the youths who were normally shy! Both the youths and volunteers definitely learned a lot from this session.
While exploring these questions, the youths watched videos of how cerebral palsy affects the life of those who have it, and the noble and selfless love showered by the caregivers on those affected. They also reflected on how fortunate they are and gave reasons why they can and should play a part in helping those less fortunate. With this, they are set to learn how to adapt big button switches to make conventional off-the-shelf toys more accessible for children with special needs.
Afterwards, the youths explored ‘why should we serve’, and one of the reasons was that we could learn a lot more from the people we serve. For example, people with special needs often have to overcome unique circumstances in life – and these made them a lot stronger. Indeed, this inspires us to strive for more than what we usually do – and never shy away from challenges. Thereafter, the participants worked on hacking toys for the first time, and 10 switches and 10 battery interrupters were completed by the end of the session! Check out some pictures from the workshops and what our volunteers have to say below!
The participants will work on perfecting their skills on ‘hack-a-toy’ before learning to ‘hack-a-mouse’. We believe that learning skills while doing good is one of the most fruitful and interesting ways to spend our time.
Project ‘Serving’ is part of the HackAble Workshop Series, supported by the LearnSG Seed Fund.