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Open Door Christian School fourth grade students spent a month during their STEM class building a motorized wheelchair for a 7-year-old girl in New York whose insurance would not cover a wheelchair. The students found the girl through a program called the Open Wheelchair Foundation.
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ODCS students build wheelchair for 7-year-old New York girl

For one month fourth grade students at Open Door Christian School labored to make a difference in the life of a 7-year-old girl in New York, building a motorized wheelchair for her as a part of their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) class.

ODCS STEM Coordinator Claire Meschkat said throughout the year the students learned about the engineering design process and applying math and science concepts to solve a problem, but she wanted to take that a step further for the fourth grade class.

“I wanted to give them a project that focused more on the aspect of how scientists and engineers don’t just build things, but do work to help others,” Meschkat wrote. “We found the Open Wheelchair Foundation that matches children in need to potential builders and provides the project design and instructions for free on their website.”

For the rest of the story, see the June 5 edition of The Graham Leader.

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