July 21, 2017
Inventing Trio Proves Enhancing the Accessibility of Playgrounds is as Easy as One, Two, Three!
Most people think swinging is easy – just sit, pump your legs, and let gravity take care of the rest, right? Well, it’s not so simple for everyone; and for some kids, this playground staple of recess is simply inaccessible.
Just ask Kameryn Galland, Skye Roberts, and Erin Higgins, three fifth graders from Tennessee who first realized that individuals with disabling conditions may have difficulty swinging on swing-sets while playing with their special needs friends during recess. “We noticed that some of our friends were not able to participate on the swing-set because of balance issues.”
Convinced there had to be a way to allow their friends to enjoy the swings, Kameryn, Skye, and Erin decided to do something about it.
Kameryn, Skye, and Erin suited up, swung for the fences, and made solving their playground’s lack of access look…well, easy!
Introducing the E-Z Swingsuit
Kameryn, Sky, and Erin imagined a harness designed to hold a person in place on a swingset. They started with a life-vest, and emerged with an invention that brings visible joy to their friends.
Watch here as the trio describe the context and process of designing their and pitch the EZ Swingsuit in an improvised “Shark Tank!”
Mircosoft Presents Accessibility Award
For their innovation, their compassion, and their inventive spirit, Microsoft presented Kameryn, Sky, and Erin each with the Accessibility Award, presented to the inventor(s) r whose invention best promotes and/or improves the accessibility of others – particularly amongst those with disabling conditions. To learn more about Microsoft, its products, and its service to the community, visit www.microsoft.com. In particular, the STEMIE Coalition would like to thank the Microsoft Store in Pentagon City, whose charity enabled meaningful prizes at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.