Penn High Robotics Team transforming toys for children with disabilities
MISHAWAKA, Ind. ---The Robotics Team at Penn High School is collecting electronic toys to turn them into adaptive toys for children with disabilities.
Finding toys that can accommodate a child with a disability can be difficult and expensive, according to the team.
According to a press release from Penn High School, adaptive toys on the market are priced at $50 or more.
The Robotics Team took the initiative of transforming regular toys into adaptive toys for free this holiday season.
The process includes rewiring the toy and using a sensitive button, which makes it easier for children with disabilities to use.
Students hope to make children with disabilities feel included by adapting the toys.
The “Adapt-a-Thon” Toy Drive will continue through December 13.
Penn Robotics Team 135 will adapt the toys at the “Adapt-a-Thon” event on December 14 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Beacon Health System’s Pfeil Innovation Center, 420 N Niles Ave., South Bend.
Students are still searching for electronic toy donations. Donations will be accepted at Penn High School inside Door A during school hours and at Penn Athletic and Fine Arts events between December 5-13. Toys will also be accepted at the “Adapt-a-Thon” event.
Toys must be clean, gently used and have fully functional electronic parts.
Anyone with a toy at home can bring it to the event and the Robotics Team will adapt the toy.
For families who do not have a toy, one free adapted toy will be given per child.