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UBCO shows off ideas

From a pool ladder with moving steps to a laundry hamper you don't need to reach to the bottom of, first-year engineering students at UBC Okanagan showed off their designs, Thursday night, at their annual design competition.

The competition pits student teams in a friendly competition to find the most innovative and well-executed designs.

Prof. Dr. Ray Taheri said the university chooses different themes each year that could help the community.

The two themes this year were improving the lives of seniors and helping young children with their attention span.

Many students found inspiration from problems in their own lives.

Parman Paul, a lifeguard, helped design the moving pool ladder after seeing elderly people struggle.

Alex Gatzke's group designed a laundry hamper with a bottom that moves up when there's less clothes in it, so the user doesn't have to bend down as far. Gatzke has severe scoliosis and requires surgery next year that will greatly limit her mobility.

“I won't be able to bend over ... so it could also be for people like that,” Gatzke said.  



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