We had a wonderful time at the Acadia University LipSync Buildathon on February 1st. It was a day of teamwork and learning as scores of students came together to build 36 LipSyncs (opens in a new window).
Around 60 engineering students participated in building the LipSyncs. Of them, over 30 volunteered their time to help others build, including mentoring 25 Wolfville School students from Grades 7 and 8.
Above: What an amazing turnout!
Acadia University (opens in a new window)’s engineering department incorporated the LipSync Buildathon into their classes, using the device to teach students about soldering, 3D-printing, electrical components, and accessibility.
Above: A team of students working on LipSync parts
Dwayne, who has quadriplegia, works at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre (opens in a new window) as IT support. He spoke to the students about the importance of assistive technology. Dwayne is looking forward to using the LipSync and providing the device to residents who may find it useful.
Above: A student focusing on soldering
For more in-depth coverage of the Buildathon, check out this article from the Annapolis County Spectator (opens in a new window).
Check out this short video from Acadia University:
#ICYMI: On Feb 1, a group of #AcadiaU second year engineering students worked with 25 grade seven and eight students from #Wolfville School, and members of the local community to build 30 LipSync Devices as a part of Acadia's first annual #AccessibilityWeek. @NeilSquireSoc pic.twitter.com/gEq863ROMt
— Acadia University (@AcadiaU) February 10, 2018
Kudos to these brilliant students who did such a great job grasping the technology and helping people who need it!