The University of Tulsa’s Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU) program continues to serve northeast Oklahoma through the design and fabrication of creative devices for developmentally and physically challenged individuals.
MADE at TU’s most recent project delivery on April 29 is a portable kitchen for children at Tulsa’s Little Light House, which provides tuition-free educational and therapeutic services to children with special needs ages birth to 6. Designed by a group of mechanical engineering seniors, the cooking center is a fully functional miniature kitchen that is safe, fun and easy to use.
“Little Light House staff had the idea of a scaled-down kitchen because a normal kitchen is too big and not adaptable to different disabilities that these kids have,” said TU senior David Gogolakis, who also volunteers at the facility. “The Little Light House is a fantastic place, and I love to see how they invest in the kids and make learning fun.”
Housed within the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, MADE at TU welcomes the innovative ideas and service-minded spirit of students from many disciplines. MADE at TU pairs students with the needs of disabled individuals to help them improve their mobility and quality of life.
TU students have participated in engineering service projects since the early 1990s, but the program was officially organized in 2012 when President Steadman Upham announced the MADE at TU Endowment Fund in honor of the late Steven Bellovich, former dean of the engineering college. The endowment provides financial support for materials and other expenses associated with the MADE at TU initiative.
John Henshaw, Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering