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Sensory Awareness Trail Team 06209. Team Members: Chiedu Monu Luke Hogan Tony Wong Richard Adams Timothy Mugwanya Team Mentor/Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo. Purpose. Turn Nature Trail Into Sensory Trail

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sensory awareness trail team 06209

Sensory Awareness TrailTeam 06209

Team Members:

Chiedu Monu

Luke Hogan

Tony Wong

Richard Adams

Timothy Mugwanya

Team Mentor/Coordinator:

Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo

purpose
Purpose
  • Turn Nature Trail Into Sensory Trail
  • “All landscapes provoke some sensory response but it is the concentration of different experiences that gives sensory designs their identity.” (http://www.noahsarkgardens.co.uk/Articles/SensoryGarden.htm)
sponsor
Sponsor
  • Everybody Rides
  • Non-Profit Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Location: Newark, NY
  • Serve over 150 Adults and Children Weekly
needs
Needs
  • Stimulate the motor skills of participants
  • Incorporate sensory stimulus for all participants, especially those who are visually-impaired
  • Help Participants understand their surroundings
  • Anything installed shall look natural
  • Project components shall not obstruct existing trail
  • All project components shall be weatherproof
needs cont
Needs (cont)
  • All projects shall be safe for all ages and abilities
  • The project components shall not cause a disturbance to users or horses
  • Projects shall require little maintenance
  • Any required electrical energy shall be generated on site using renewable power.
  • Constructed stations shall not be easily accessible to small animals
  • Develop a plan of unfinished projects for future design groups
design requirements
Design Requirements
  • Mechanical
    • All projects require maintenance less than 3 times annually
    • Electronics are enclosed in no less than one layer of weatherproofing
    • All electronic enclosures are screwed shut
    • All wood is pressure treated and/or sealed with water repellant
  • Electrical
    • No more than 300mA on any circuits
    • All power sources must be renewable/rechargeable
  • Aesthetics
    • All installed objects are off of the beaten path in locations agreed upon by Everybody Rides
    • All projects external parts are colors or materials found in nature
design requirements cont
Design Requirements (cont)
  • Activity
    • 1/3 of devices installed stimulate the motor skills of participants
    • If all devices are used on trail:
      • Sense of smell is stimulated at least once
      • Sense of touch is stimulated at least once
      • Sense of sight is stimulated beyond the normal level on the trail at least once
    • 4 narrative boxes highlight different aspects of the trail
  • Safety
    • Any edges on devices are no sharper than anything found in nature
    • Load bearing projects have a factor of safety of 2 or higher
    • No device uses flashing lights
    • Decibel levels of all installed devices, when used as instructed, do not exceed 85
    • All open containers intended for storage have openings of 12” diameter or greater
  • General
    • Plan includes top 4 ideas not installed on the trail as agreed upon by everybody rides
projects
Projects
  • Narrative Audio Boxes
  • Animal Silhouettes Station
  • Bamboo Chimes
  • Pine Cone Buckets
  • Solar Powered Fountain
narrative audio boxes
Narrative Audio Boxes
  • Preset audio clip
  • Dynamo (Battery) powered
  • Teaches about Nature on trail
    • White Pine/Red Pine, Trilliums, Etc.
animal silhouettes station
Animal Silhouettes Station
  • Plays recordable audio clip
  • Dynamo (Battery) powered
  • Teaches about Animals on trail
    • Where they live, what they eat, noises they make, Etc.
electrical design
Electrical Design

PVC Rectangular Enclosure

installation
Installation
  • PVC outdoor enclosure
  • Wooden “birdhouse” exterior with hinged door
  • Post mounted 4 ft into ground
bamboo chimes
Bamboo Chimes
  • Large chime for walkers and riders
  • Stick taken from basket used to strike bamboo
  • Utilizes motor skills, balance, sight, sound, texture
problem
Problem
  • Bamboo has thin membrane inside every foot
  • Could collect rain water or become bird house
  • Solution: Expanding Foam Insulation
pine cone buckets
Pine Cone Buckets
  • Wicker baskets attached to trees
  • Riders transport pine cones from basket to basket
  • Help train users for Special Olympics
solar powered fountain
Solar Powered Fountain
  • Solar Powered Fountain
  • Floats in pond
  • Shaped like lily pad
  • Produces splashing sound
future work
Future Work
  • Construct Charging Circuit with Dynamo Generator.
  • Construct audio box circuits for animal silhouettes.
  • Install remaining narrative boxes on trail.
future ideas packet
Future Ideas Packet
  • Bridge
  • Water Wheel
  • Hand Crank Animals
  • Squirrel Chase
  • Woodpecker
bridge
Bridge
  • Provides Access Across Stream
  • Hoofs Create Noise
  • Visually Stimulating
bridge1
Bridge
  • Senior Design I: Ramp FS < 2
  • Support Added to Reduce Stress
  • NEW FS: 4.83

6”x6” Beam

water wheel

Bevel Gears

Water Wheel
  • Wheelchair and Walkers
  • Turn Handle
  • Wheel Turns and Splashes Water
hand crank animals

Rotate Handle

Hand Crank Animals
  • Wheelchair and Walkers
  • Turn Crank
  • Animals Bob up and Down
squirrel chase

Pull Rope Down

Squirrel Moves Up

Squirrel Chase
  • All Trail Users
  • Pull Rope to Move Squirrel
woodpecker

Pull Rope Down

Bird Rocks Forward

Woodpecker
  • All Trail Users
  • Pull Rope to make Bird Strike Tree
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo – Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Daniel Phillips – Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Bob Brewer – Chief Engineer and Department Manager, NTID ITV at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Jeana Sansocie – Student of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Sue Epstein – Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

Lisa Williams – Riding Instructor for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

Jo Anderson – Riding Instructor for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

Ron Mamroe – Barn Manager for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

Mark DeCracker – Recreational Therapist for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

Bob Whitbeck – Recreational Therapist for Everybody Rides in Newark, NY

This material is based upon work supported by the national Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.