When I was high school, robotics was my passion, it was a cause I could get behind and a mindset I would champion. When I went to college, I was enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at a well known research university. I discovered in my first semester that shockingly, I wanted nothing to do with engineering. I felt like there was a disconnect with what I had been learning in FIRST, I was asking myself, “where is the building, teamwork, and innovation?!” Fortunately, I was able to discover exactly what I was looking for.
Adventure Climb is an alternative to a playground ladder in which the user can adjust the position of each step by rotating panels with an internal nesting gear. This design allows for the panels to rotate when not in use, but remain fixed in place when a load is applied.
This idea went from idea to concept to a fully functioning prototype within three months and was created by six students. Everyone brought something to the table, but ultimately we had to work together to design and develop our product, which is intended to be on playgrounds.
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