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Stem camp helps Tulsans with accessibility needs

Posted: 6:38 PM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 19:38:47-04

TULSA — It was a busy day at Fab Lab Tulsa.

Students with the Difference Makers camp collaborated to make tools for two very special clients - a student with cerebral palsy and former ORU student turned life coach and professional speaker Emeka Nnaka.

"I just love getting to speak to kids and kind of go through them about meeting adversity and overcoming it," said Nnaka. "Watching them meet adversity with their projects, improvise, adapt, and overcome it to make something that works."

The projects range anywhere from straps for Nnaka's feet for when he's driving - to a functional basket for his phone and keys.

"If you had a handle and it's round, we can turn a round handle, but he can't," said Difference Makers Camp's Shaden Duggan. "So, he can turn the ones that you pull down, but if there was no handle we'd both be at a disadvantage, so we'd both be disabled. So he's only as disabled as the environment let's him."

It's a hands on way to learn engineering and design--all while making a difference in the community and potentially-- the rest of the world.

"They're tackling some pretty big things and making some things that hopefully we can eventually put out as an open source idea that other people can take from them and use," said Fab Lab Tulsa's Brandi Dixon.

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