Forging intergenerational bonds while
solving problems, students from DeKalb High School used their inventiveness to
provide residents of NHC Smithville with items to make their lives easier – the
unveiling of their inventions coming this past week as they reunited with their
The idea came from a meeting in the fall
for high school students to partner with NHC residents. From there, students
met with residents to see what they needed to help them in their everyday
lives. The students visited on four occasions, the last time to present their
Clint Hall with NHC said it was a win-win
situation, giving students a chance to interact with the older generation while
helping residents at NHC. “The partnership has truly blossomed,” he said. “We
look forward to continuing this relationship
Tisdale was one of the NHC residents who benefited from the partnership. Lloyd
does 115 pull ups and he is 93 years old. The challenge was to provide a better
system for him to do his work out rather than swing from the rafters. That’s
where the high school build team came up with a novel idea to build him a
mobile workout station.
“We had to work out some of the issues
with it,” said Noah Gill of the build team. “Once we did that, it came together
Tisdale said he plans to use the
invention, which comes complete with wheels so he can take it with him, to keep
in pumped up.
Young said his involuntary hand movement caused by a stroke keeps him in
pain. The invention of memory phone hand stabilizers is the perfect invention
for him. “The pain keeps me up but with this, I may be able to get a little
nap. The only time when the involuntariy movement stops is when I sleep. This
will be a big help.”
Bailey Hibdon, who was on the build team
that provided the invention said they had fun working with Mr. Young. “He is a
great man to come talk to. When we first got in here we found out him liked Big
Bang Theory and thin mints so we brought him some thin mints and got started on
the design,” she said, noting they used 3D printers to make the design. “Then
we used a sewing machine and Velcro and they worked together perfect.
Cripps said she will get a lot of use out of her mobile bedside phone
charger and electronics center to allow her to keep her phone charged while she
is in bed. “I’m really tickled and will get a lot of use out of it,” she said.
“I really appreciate it. They are really good students. I love them.”
“It was really fun to build,” said Garrett
Driver from the build team. “We just had to work the kinks out.
Pittman said she reads a lot so the invention of a personalized iPad holder
will be perfect. “They are the best kids ever – ever,” she said.
Ervin was given a modified pick up tool. “You can drop things on the floor
and pick it up. I couldn’t bend over and pick things up before so this will
come in very handy,” she said.