Helping people with disabilities explore the outdoors

Students from the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program built a one-of-a-kind vehicle empowering individuals with limited mobility to independently navigate off-road hiking trails. They worked with Alberta Parks and the Easter Seals Camp Horizon, which specializes in outdoor adventures for youth and adults with special needs.

MET students are required to work on a real-world applied-research engineering project during their final semester. For this project, 4 students at SAIT created a functional motorized prototype as their capstone project. They researched, designed and sourced parts in order turn the wheelchair mountain bike into an electric wheelchair mountain bike. Accessibility was an important criteria in the students’ redesign. The motor adds an element of freedom that makes an enormous difference for the user.

“From a child with cerebral palsy to an able-bodied 30-year-old, everyone has the same grin on their face while driving it. The sense of freedom is equal to someone who can’t walk to someone who can”, said Timothy Huynh, MET student.

For more information, see the official announcement

News Date: July 22, 2015