Quality of Life Plus Student Association (QL+SA) is a club dedicated to engineering a better quality of life for those in need. We achieve this goal through three methods: our formal design projects, quarterly design projects, and our brand new Cybathlon project. Our formal designs gather together 6-8 members to design prostheses and other medical assistive devices for those in need in our community. We run about eight of these projects every year and at the end we provide the individual with the project free of charge! The quarterly design competition is a prototype project with an introductory level of rigor where students receive a medical prompt and create a functional design and model over the course of 10 weeks. Lastly, we have added the Cybathlon project this year. Cybathlon is an international competition in Switzerland where individuals using powered arm and leg prosthesis, exoskeletons, and other assistive technologies compete in a timed obstacle course testing the functionality of the product, along with the capabilities of the “pilot” wearing the device.
We are launching our very own Cybathlon team to build a powered exoskeleton suit that will allow Tamar, a fellow student with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, to walk again and compete in the international Cybathlon Competition. During this past winter quarter, we began training more than 100 students in design software, electrical component design, and molding. This spring we formed a team consisting of 40 students, began researching controls systems and began the design process for the lower body.
Moving forward this multi-year long project will require additional funds to complete the necessary medical tests to asses Tamar's current biomechanics, purchase materials for the prototype, and purchase components for the final rendition. The powered exoskeleton will consist of a sturdy frame, electron components, a power system, and a self-balancing mechanism. To make a safe, successful, and competitive powered exoskeleton suit we will need to raise additional funds. Your kind gift can help move us closer to our goal of $5,000 which would greatly enhance the education of our students and improve the quality of life of Tamar.