Recently, award-winning NBC4 News Anchor and Bullis parent Shawn Yancy and a photojournalist visited the Bullis campus to talk with four of the ten students and two teachers involved in a project design for the Bullis Innovation & Technology Lab (BITlab) Making for Social Good course.
Students Ben Gordon '22, Ibenka Espinoza '22, Jewel Walker '24, and recent grad Jacob Zlotnitsky '21, along with BITlab Coordinator Matt Zigler and Chelsie King, Middle School theatre teacher, spoke with Ms. Yancy and demonstrated the ingenious award-winning wheelchair adaptation that allows a wheelchair user to push a stroller or carry an infant seat called the "WheeStroll".
The students created the device for Mrs. King, her husband, Jeremy, and their son, Phoenix, to enjoy walks as a family.
In April the "WheeStroll won the Maker Pipe Build of the Month; in May, the project won "Best Inspirational Story" and "Best Showcase of Iterative Design" in the 14-18 age range in the Printlab Make:able Challenge.
Watch the "WheeStroll" Feature by Shawn Yancy
We are very proud of Matt Zigler and our students for their passion, empathy, and innovation — and we thank them for helping to enrich the lives of those in our community and beyond!
View the full article on NBC4 Washington: High School Students Create Wheelchair Stroller for Teacher's Husband
For more information about the WheeStroll contact Matt Zigler.
WheeStroll Project Students: Kieran Anzelone '21, Evan Beach ’24, Ibenka Espinoza ’22, Benjamin Gordon ’22, Aidan McDuffie ’22, Cami Murphy ’24, Julian Perkins ’24, Jewel Walker ’24, Tom Yu ’24, and Jacob Zlotnitsky ’21.
In this course Bullis Upper School students will make a valuable, positive, and concrete contribution to a community by utilizing the design thinking process and making skills. Students will develop and implement empathy, a key element of the design thinking process, to address a need within a community (local, regional, or global) rather than a personal need or desire. Students will use the tools of the BITlab to make a product or service that can positively affect the lives of others, will understand the impact they can have on the world, and learn the skills necessary to act upon that knowledge. Learn more about the Bullis Innovation & Technology Lab (BITlab)