Two high school seniors have created an automatic locker opener for a classmate with muscular dystrophy.
Nick Torrence, a junior at Pinckney Community High School, was unable to open his own locker before Micah Stuhldreher and Wyatt Smrcka, students who took first place in the SkillsUSA national robotics competition in 2012, designed the robotic locker opener.
Torrence can now open his locker by just slightly moving his hand over a sensor. A similar movement closes it.
"It's good to see it works," Stuhldreher said of the working device.
Occupational therapist Amy Uphouse approached Sean Hickman, the school's robotics teacher, with the challenge of creating something that would help wheelchair-bound Torrence access his locker.
"I think every high school student should be able to open their own locker," she told Daily Press & Argus.
"The students I work with needed something like a garage door opener with a garage door opener switch, just for lockers instead," she told NBC News in anRead More »from Students create robotic locker opener for classmate with muscular dystrophy