October 2021 – A group of students at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, is committed to making life better for others. Matt Zigler, Bullis Innovation and Technology lab coordinator, utilized the school’s “maker space” to help students work on “empathy-driven” projects. The lab is filled with equipment such as 3D printers and other advanced tools. According to Zigler, “The goal of the class is to pick a person or an organization that we can design and build something for.”
For the 2020-21 project, the class chose Jeremy King as the recipient. King, whose wife teaches at Bullis, previously faced brain surgery, causing him to suffer balance issues. When students learned that King’s handicap would make him unable to safely carry his newborn son or take him for a stroll, they wanted to help.
The class created a design that allowed King to attach an infant seat facing the dad’s wheelchair seat, so father and son are face to face. After perfecting the design, the students uploaded instructions online for others to replicate.