Fatema Almajed, an undergraduate at University of Colorado, Boulder studying Architectural Engineering, received an award for Best Project of her section at the university’s Engineering Design Expo, for designing a wireless train set for a young adult with Down’s syndrome.
Fatema and her team worked with non-profit organization Imagine, which provides services to people with developmental and cognitive disabilities, to custom design a wireless train set for a client named Toby, who is non-verbal and can only move his head and elbow.
The project included making a toy train wireless by using radio frequencies, and then teaching Toby how to use switches that allowed the train to move forward, backwards, and stop, as well make whistle and bell sounds.
“The train performs four different movement functions and four different sound functions. Toby will be able to use a head switch to control the movement functions and an elbow switch to control the sound functions,” explains Fatema.
“It feels very rewarding to be able to make a difference, no matter how small, in people’s lives and I’m glad that we have been able to create this project for Toby.”
The project also gave Fatema hands-on experience in using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software like SolidWorks, programming devices like Arduino language, and working as part of an engineering team.
Fatema is looking forward to presenting the final project to Toby next Fall.