Hi! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Liz, and I’m in my senior year of high school. At my school, we have a capstone project to complete during senior year. For me, because I am in the engineering program, a capstone project is spending the full school year designing a product.
But it all starts with a problem. My friend came to me with his problem, and my engineering partner and I have decided to solve it.
My friend is wheelchair bound, but that is not the problem. The problem is that sometimes dirt, mud, sand, and other substances like that get stuck on his wheelchair’s pushrims. This is the area of the wheel that the user uses top propel theirself in a desired direction. While in the wheelchair, it can be hard to see dirt or the like, especially if the dirt is on the bottom if the pushrim, out of the user’s sight. If the dirt is noticed, it can be hard for the wheelchair user to clean; being in a public place makes it even harder to clean the wheelchair.
My engineering partner and I want to come up with some new solutions to fix this that can be used by many people and without lots of extra effort.
However, before we can build this, we need to justify our problem.
This is where you all come in. I’ll be placing a survey below. If you or someone you know has used a wheelchair for any extended period of time, please take our survey. Having been in a temporary or permanent wheelchair does not matter, nor did manual or power wheelchairs.
Even if you are unable to take the survey, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please pass this on for me.
Also, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message me, or if you are taking the survey, there is a box for questions.
Thank you for reading all this. The link is here .
TL;DR I’m a high school student with a year long project. Will involve solving dirty wheelchair handrims. Please take my survey (here ) if you or someone you know has used a wheelchair for a bit of time. Thanks.
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Heya guys! I’m traveling and I’ll be Completely Without Internet for approximately two weeks. I’ve got a queue of ask responses all lined up, but I won’t be able to chat with anyone or respond for a while. Looking forward to hearing from everyone when I get back! Take care and be awesome, dragon nerds. :)
A Ryan Reynolds lookalike who had no idea the stir he caused
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the hairdresser who’s missing a thumb and should be vibrating through the roof with how many espresso shots she’s bought
The guy who comes through and always gets two large diet cokes and never waits for a straw or to pull away and just starts chugging at the window
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that guy who said we’d ruined Christmas because we couldn’t give him sausage sandwiches at 2pm on Boxing Day
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a shocking number of people who think a potato is the same as a hashbrown. You have no idea how badly I want to start handing out raw potatoes.
That lady who, when I served the guy in the other lane first because they pulled up at the exact same moment, floored it to get to the window first and treated me to a lecture demanding why she wasn’t served first and when I let her run down and asked ‘what do you want’ she screeched EXCUSE ME?? and wouldn’t tell me what she wanted until I rephrased it as ‘what would you like’
The guy who started yelling and calling the sweetest girl I’ve ever met stupid because she smiled at him and he thought she was laughing at him
I-I really don’t need to know the details about your sex life. Really.
That creeper who wanted to know what size my boobs were.
More screaming children than I thought existed. srsly muzzle those things.
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That guy who tried to tell us he’d called in and was told he could get his order replaced when our phones had been down all week
That bitch who always says her order and ‘TOASTED NOT BURNED’ after every breakfast sandwich. we get it. move on with your life.
No, no I don’t have dog treats in drivethru? why would I??
That lady whose expression never changes and who just waits with her hand out for me to hand her her crap because she’s an entitled pos
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That guy who gives us candy (it’s really good candy too.)
n-no I don’t have a spare hair tie to sell you?
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Make director and stage manager double over and bust a gut laughing
Immediately get asked to come to callbacks tomorrow without waiting the agonizing hours for a phone call