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High school student designs pram for moms in wheelchairs

Sharina Jones takes baby for a walk, thanks to the invention of Alden Kane; photo from video below

Sharina Jones takes baby for a walk, thanks to the invention of Alden Kane; photo from video below

The waterfront walk near my home is a favourite spot for running moms. They pop junior in an expensive pram and get their exercise while baby gets fresh air.

Absent on the scene are moms in wheelchairs. Pushing a pram is not in the cards. Or at least it wasn’t. But a Detroit high school student, Alden Kane, designed a stroller that latches onto a wheelchair. Baby is safe. Mom is mobile.

The 16-year-old senior at University of Detroit High School took on the design challenge for his STEM (science / technology / engineering / mathematics) class in spring 2015. He was assigned a mother in a wheelchair and told to create something that would allow her to easily carry her baby. The adaptable stroller was the result.

The prototype is not yet at the sale stage, but the idea is such a good one I have no doubt it is headed for market.

Thanks to my friend Judith for the tip.

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