Press Release
December 7, 2011
Wheelchair Project Teaches Students, Helps Mission…

Columbus, Ohio, December, 7, 2011 – Students at Ohio State University recently teamed up with Free Wheelchair Mission to do a project for their Humanitarian Engineering Seminar. The students were asked to assess the assembly experience and evaluate the design for use of “appropriate technology” involving the consideration of affordability, durability, maintainability, cultural acceptability, and ease of use.

As a follow up to the project, the students were able to have a video conference with the Free Wheelchair Mission founder, Don Schoendorfer, via Skype. They learned how the non-profit started in his garage ten years ago with the engineer’s desire to have a positive impact on the world’s underprivileged countries. They then had additional opportunity to ask questions about the design and propose possible enhancements.

“The most memorable experience was the Free Wheelchair Mission presentation,” said Murry Etzkorn, a civil engineering major, “not only for the hands-on experience, but the Skype call with Don was really informative.”

When the students go on their next visit to Montana de Luz over spring break, they will take the wheelchairs assembled in the seminar to Honduras for use at an orphanage and the adjacent community.

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