Sixth Grade Students Build Wheelchairs for Dogs


Students work on fitting Lila with a new wheelchair.
Photo via Sioux City Journal

When Arkansas teacher Georgia Summitt found out her dog Lila would have an 80% chance of paralysis following a surgery to repair slipped discs, she began researching canine wheelchairs. The great expense of these chairs (on top of the veterinary bills most pet parents have) gave Summitt a great idea – why not make designing new dog wheelchairs a project for her students? She received a $500 Science Initiative for Middle School grant and two individual donations from pet owners through www.donorschoose.org. Not only did the children learn about math, design, and construction, but they got to help out pups in need in the process. Prototypes are expected to be complete by May, and Summitt says next year’s students will continue the project.

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