* Photo * Thanks to the Plymouth South Middle School students for designing the 3D printed adaptive device in the Pilgrim area.

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Dr. Dympna Thomas, Executive Director of PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Area Collaborative (PAC), would like to thank and recognize Plymouth South Middle School students for creating, designing and printing 3D adaptive devices for PAC students. I am.

Three students from PAC’s Transitional Skill Program next to the technology classroom at Allison DeBellis, a PSMS teacher, were presented with a 3D adaptive device by a PSMS student participating in the Hope Project.

Every year, DeBellis invites students to design their devices so that others can perform tasks that can be painful and difficult as part of a project.

This year, the project went in a unique direction when DeBellis students realized that one of PAC’s neighbors needed help opening the door each time they used the toilet. An eighth grader came up with the idea of ​​creating a key attachment to help PAC students open the door and give them a sense of independence. This empathetic behavior has set a new direction for the project.

PSMS students coordinated with PAC teachers Tammy Hall and Paula Jean to discuss areas with PAC students and find areas of need for assistance in creating devices to promote growth and independence.

After many designs, prototypes, and redesigns, PSMS students 3D printed the finished design. Devices included:

  • Matt’s Sense Cube: PAC student Matt Reed of Wareham was presented with a sensory cube created by PSMS students Lily Whalen and Sammi Sampson. A cube mounted comfortably in Reed’s hand helps him stay focused during the day.
  • Olivia’s Pencil Grip: Randolph’s Olivia Crosby, a PAC student, was presented with a pencil grip created by PSMS students Cormac Ireland and Gabriel Bom Conselho. This device provides Crosby an easy way to use a pencil.
  • Colin Headphone Holder: Eastbridge Water PAC student Colin Sullivan was presented with a headphone holder created by PSMS students Lucas Spooner and Savon Sequeira. The holder helps keep the Sullivan from getting entangled in the earphones.

“Thanks to our neighbors at Plymouth South Middle School for their efforts in designing these compassionate gifts,” said Managing Director Thomas. “Students took the time to evaluate the unique needs of the three students and create their own devices. All of our students were very excited about their gifts. All who participated. It’s a great job for people. “

Each device was monogrammed in the student’s name

“It’s easy to forget that tasks that many of us consider easy can actually be difficult for others. Learning these differences and understanding the needs of others is consciousness and It’s an important part of fostering a culture of inclusiveness, “said Joan Haley Sullivan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Educational Cooperation Organization. “Thanks to these Plymouth South Junior High School students for acting compassionately, designing these unique devices and raising awareness of these needs.”

About Pilgrim Area Collaborative Migration Skills Program

Pilgrim Area Collaborative’s Transitional Skills Program is offered to students aged 18-22 with moderate to intensive learning tasks and a wide range of ancillary abilities. The curriculum incorporates a variety of teaching methods designed to help students generalize their skills from classroom to real-world situations. As students age toward adulthood, experience shifts from classroom activities to real-world expectations in the community. Achievement, daily life and employment capacity activities are gradually shifting from the controlled environment of classroom and school buildings to the reality of public places, opportunities for volunteer and employment development, and the social situation of the community environment. .. By participating in meaningful community-based activities with naturally occurring clues and prompts, students are offered the opportunity to learn in a real-world environment and engage in meaningful activities among the typical adults in the community. ..

For more information on working with similar learning programs in your area, please visit the MOEC website.

About the Massachusetts Organization
Educational cooperation

MOEC represents 25 federal educational cooperation organizations. MOEC acts as the voice of its members and works to gain a complete understanding and understanding of educational cooperation at the state, regional and local levels. MOEC is a major federal supporter of collaborative and is an important role that collaborative plays in the Massachusetts education system.


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