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ubc okanagan engineering students seek to stop donation-bin deaths

by:Tuowei     2019-08-18
Students will show off models of better bins they designed in Sunday\'s annual competition.
The death of a woman trapped in a clothing donation box last summer prompted UBC engineering students to work on solutions to prevent this tragedy from happening again.
On Sunday, students from Ray Taheri, senior lecturer at the engineering school at the UBC Okanagan campus, will show off their models for designing better bins in the annual competition.
In recent years, advocates of the homeless and the poor have been calling for a change in the metal box because a string of people trapped inside trying to get donated clothes died, blankets and household items.
Every year, students in Taheri form groups that address community issues through the projects they present to the judges in the APSC 171 engineering design competition.
Over the past few years, they have worked hard to make better shopping carts for homeless people and toys for autistic children.
In last July, Taheri read a news story about the death of a woman after becoming a donation box owned by the development Disability Association in Vancouver.
In this story, Nicole Mucci, a spokeswoman for the United Gospel Mission, talked about the work of Taheri students on shopping carts, and this is an example of an innovative solution.
Taheri called Mucci and they worked out a plan together.
During the fall semester this year, the task for the students is to rethink and redesign the bins so that people can\'t get into the bins and get stuck.
Ray Taheri is a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering at the UBC Okanagan campus.
Submission: Ray Taheri/png, 400 student of the Taheri course, can also design a device to help senior citizens with their daily tasks, but more than two
He says children in their thirties have chosen to design trash cans.
Some students designed mechanisms to transform existing bins, while others designed new ones from scratch.
Some have modified the bin and cut the pieces from it, while others have used sensors and cameras.
Advocates have long called for a change in bins used by various social institutions across North America.
March 2016, a 20-year-
The old man was killed after being trapped in a donation box in Surrey.
In September 2015, homeless advocate Anita haok died at pitmeadows in an attempt to buy a blanket and jacket for those who lost their property.
Earlier this month, a man died in a garbage bin in Ontario and another man died in Calgary on 2017.
Deaths are reported across the United States. S.
In recent years, the United States.
Taheri students use software to model their designs before making prototypes using 3D printers or CNC milling machines.
30 teams will compete on Sunday after being selected from 60 video submissions on Friday.
Leave a handout photo of a note on the trash bin outside Vancouver West Point Gray community center.
In early July 23, 2018, a woman died after being trapped in a donation box.
The instructor said he was very excited about the work and commitment of the students.
He said that some nights he left the office very late and found that they were still working in the foyer of the engineering building.
\"They are very good young students and have a great future and I am very confident that maybe some groups will come up with innovative ideas,\" he said . \".
\"Maybe it\'s a combination of all these designs, and we can show the manufacturers that they can put into mass production.
Mucci of UGM said it was heartening to see the community working together to solve a serious problem.
UGM wants to ensure the safety of the guests and she wants all the organizations that use the bins to \"look for life --
\"Save the solution,\" she said.
\"We are pleased to see real systemic changes begin to take place.
There are so many lives in line now.
This will lead to life saving on the road ahead.
\"The Association for the development of disabilities will send a representative on Sunday to help judge these designs.
\"It\'s nice to hear that the community supports us in finding new solutions, and it could be the beginning of a good relationship with UBC --
Spokesman Kevin Chen said in an email.
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