Hack-A-Toy with ARUP

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Engineering Good in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) recently completed a workshop on the 16th of July with the team at ARUP Singapore as part of our exciting “Hack-a-Toy” series!

The workshop aims to deliver both a team building activity as well as creating greater awareness of the challenges faced by children with disabilities. We also end up with some great hacked toys! All toys built on the day are donated to CPAS for inclusion in Singapore’s first inclusive community toy library at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club which was recently covered in the Straits Times. Toys are fundamental to a child’s early education and it is through activities like these workshops we are able to provide education on the different physical learning challenges faced by children as well as facilitating a team bonding exercise with a difference!

Arup employees eagerly begin taking apart and modifying toys.

Arup employees eagerly begin taking apart and modifying toys.

The team of dexterous volunteers from Engineering Good facilitated the workshop, teaching a team of ARUP employees how to ‘hack’ toys for use by children with cerebral palsy. The Hack-a-Toy workshop is a hands-on learning experience to build a low-cost, DIY switch-adapted toy for children with special needs. Participants from ARUP Singapore were taught how to apply basic concepts of electrical circuits and technical skills such as soldering, wire stripping, and assembly / disassembly to build an accessibility switch from off-the-shelf materials. These accessibility switches were then paired with commercially available toys to convert them into switch-adapted toys.

“We’re really happy to see many of our staff willing to volunteer their time, effort and energy to contribute to this cause”, said Kevin Suhartono, Structural Engineer at ARUP Singapore. “When we initially brought the idea of this workshop to our team, their response was very positive – they were really looking forward to the event as this kind of skill-based workshop is something that they’ve never done before – something novel, something fresh”

It’s always great to see participants eager to learn how to use their skills for a good cause. By providing an environment where teams are able to use their hands and create something new, we are able to help add to the new inclusive community toy library as well as empower people to understand their ability to help disadvantaged groups in Singapore.

 “We found out that by doing this workshop we can use our specific skills to continue giving back to society, rather than just simply donating money. By applying our skills to make lives better, we can help shape a better world using our knowledge and skills” said Ritesh Jindal, Façade Designer at ARUP Singapore.

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Interested in having Engineering Good run a “Hack-a-Toy” workshop at your company? We would love to have you on board – no engineering experience required! Get in touch with us and we’ll get cracking on how you can help make a difference!

 

Drop us an email at partnerships@engineeringgood.org.

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Arup is a global firm providing design, engineering and consulting services for the built environment. It has a strong presence in Singapore, having led the design and construction of iconic building projects such as the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

 

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