Yarraville Special Development School students have formally received their special "iJump" trampoline.
Presentation College Windsor, year 10 students, working through the Engineering Students @ Work program, developed the “iJump” in collaboration with Victoria University and the Yarraville school.
They met with Yarraville Special Development School representatives and students, and decided that an interactive trampoline would be a great assistance to the students.
The brief included a device to be attached to a small trampoline which would register when children jumped on the trampoline and reward them with various sounds, words of encouragement, and music, all recorded by the children themselves.
This activity develops balance, confidence and core strength in the children, many of whom have intellectual and physical disabilities.
The year 10 students developed and produced their "iJump" under the guidance of Victoria University’s School of Engineering lecturer, John Chlond. They attended VU for a week of intensive engineering training and work experience and they produced the working prototype of the “iJump".
John Chlond said the Engineering Students @ Work partnership exposes high school students to the benefits of engineering, while helping children in the community.
“The final handover of these projects to the Special Developmental schools is always an exciting and emotional experience; seeing young people helping other young people is heart-warming.
This program is an excellent way to introduce young students to the world of engineering by focusing on the creative and human aspects of engineering rather than the hard maths and sciences.”
This team building work experience program is a partnership between Victoria University, Akorn Educational Services and local schools.
Now in its fourth year, the program has seen other projects such as an award-winning interactive teddy bear that helps autistic children to communicate, as well as a pedestrian crossing trainer that is being used for road safety programs (supported by Vic Roads) in special development schools around Melbourne.
Christine White, General Manager, Public Affairs and Media
Public Affairs Department, Victoria University
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