ChairS­tairs de­sign­ers win 2nd place

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Former Drumheller res­i­dent Justin Turner and project part­ner Abilee Kel­lett of Robert’s Creek BC placed 2nd in the in­ter­na­tional 2017 RESNA Stu­dent De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion in New Or­leans last week.

The two Mas­ter of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy stu­dents at UBC in Van­cou­ver de­signed “ChairS­tairs”, a wheel­chair-mounted fold­ing stair­case, which al­lows in­de­pen­dent chair-tofloor trans­fers for man­ual wheel­chair users (https://www,youtube.com/watch?v=lmky01Xor9w for 1.34 min).

RESNA, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion En­gi­neer­ing and As­sis­tive Tech­nol­ogy So­ci­ety of North Amer­ica, holds an an­nual Stu­dent De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion, which is “a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary show­case of in­no­va­tive as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy de­signs cre­ated by stu­dents in en­gi­neer­ing, de­sign, and health re­lated fields at the un­der­grad­u­ate and mas­ter level”, said Dr Wil­liam C. Miller, De­part­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Sci­ence & Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy, Fac­ulty of Medicine at UBC.

Turner and Kel­lett were among 8 fi­nal­ist teams se­lected from 76 world-wide en­tries. This earned them fund­ing from the US Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion for their re­turn flights, con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion, one year RESNA mem­ber­ship, and three nights at the Hil­ton River­side ho­tel for the an­nual con­fer­ence in New Or­leans, Louisiana.

Justin Turner, who lived in Drumheller 1992-2003 and the sum­mers of 2010 and 2011, is the son of James Turner and the late Corey Favell. He and Kel­lett earn their MOT de­grees this July, and share a prize of US$700.00. First place went to a team from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida in Or­lando, who won US$1,000.00 for the de­sign tŰth­brush ( https:// youtu. be/ ivzcm­li­jhx8).

Turner said, “The other fi­nal­ist teams were all from med­i­cal or other kinds of en­gi­neer­ing back­grounds, and had very sleek, re­fined pro­to­types for which they had been given big bud­gets and worked closely with pro­fes­sors, so I feel es­pe­cially proud that Abby and I did so well, since it was just the two of [us in] our work (though we got feed­back from some clin­i­cians and pro­fes­sors on our pre­sen­ta­tion, which was help­ful). We beat 74 other teams from around the world to get to this point – very good feel­ing!”

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Justin Turner and Abi­lene Kel­lett won 2nd place and US $700 for their “ChairS­tairs” de­sign in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in New Or­leans June 29, 2017.

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