Poster Title

Portable Wheelchair Ramp Wonder Wheels

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Secondary School

Institution

Project Lead The Way - Kentucky

KY House District #

62

KY Senate District #

17

Abstract

Individuals who have injuries that require the use of a wheel chair for a short amount of time can have difficulty and frustrations maneuvering efficiently and effectively. This is especially true when they are alone and needing to access facilities and sidewalks that have curbs/stairs. Therefore, the product our group invented is an appliance that can be added to a plain rental wheelchair that can roll up curbs instead of needing a ramp. This appliance allows for the individual to be independent when going up or down curbs on the sidewalk. Our new wheelchair has a pulley system on the back of the chair, lifting up the front wheels so the wheelchair bound individual can easily roll over the curb. The individual sitting in the chair activates a set of brakes and cranks the lever located on the side of the chair. As they do this, the pulley system lifts their front wheels up so they can easily wheel over the curb. Once over the curb, the individual can crank the pulley system up and out of their way until the next curb. The wheelchair pulley system allows independence for individuals who are temporarily wheelchair bound. This innovation was achieved by partnering with Commonwealth Tool in Georgetown, KY.

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Portable Wheelchair Ramp Wonder Wheels

Individuals who have injuries that require the use of a wheel chair for a short amount of time can have difficulty and frustrations maneuvering efficiently and effectively. This is especially true when they are alone and needing to access facilities and sidewalks that have curbs/stairs. Therefore, the product our group invented is an appliance that can be added to a plain rental wheelchair that can roll up curbs instead of needing a ramp. This appliance allows for the individual to be independent when going up or down curbs on the sidewalk. Our new wheelchair has a pulley system on the back of the chair, lifting up the front wheels so the wheelchair bound individual can easily roll over the curb. The individual sitting in the chair activates a set of brakes and cranks the lever located on the side of the chair. As they do this, the pulley system lifts their front wheels up so they can easily wheel over the curb. Once over the curb, the individual can crank the pulley system up and out of their way until the next curb. The wheelchair pulley system allows independence for individuals who are temporarily wheelchair bound. This innovation was achieved by partnering with Commonwealth Tool in Georgetown, KY.