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25 appreciation for how to look at projects from different per- spectives. “One of our chal- lengers is only able to move one arm and it’s difficult for him to zip up his pants without assistance, so we made a device he can throw over his neck that will allow him to zip himself. Another person loved to fish, but had a difficult time reeling, so we made a device that attaches to his wheelchair that assists him in reeling in fish. Many of these things are things you take for granted and being able to restore that ability to someone who has lost it gives you a sense of pride in being able to do that.” The student team maintains contact with QL+ represen- tatives who support them with guidance when and where needed. The club has also reached out to CalPoly where a very successful club has been operating for several years. Beyond finding challeng- ers, Biggers’ biggest issue is finding funding. “We’ve really relied on support from family and friends through a crowdfunding site,” he said. “Our treasurer is looking at sponsorship opportunities from companies and we hope that evolves over time.” Biggers stresses that as new as the group is, it couldn’t exist without extensive communication and coordi- nation between members of the executive board. “This couldn’t happen with one person,” Biggers said. “It’s taken a community of people to get funding, to find the challengers, and to work with them to make their project a reality. Also, the support of our faculty advisors, (associate professor of practice) Robin Ott (mechanical engineering) and (collegiate assistant professor) Christopher Arena (biomedical engineering and mechanics), have been really helpful.” The faculty advisors have helped Biggers and his team overcome one of their biggest hurdles – finding space to do the work – but the struggle continues. Watch the team prepare a mold of Ben's arm. “Money hasn’t been a real challenge yet,” Biggers said. “We’ve been very lucky to have the support of the local community, family, and friends. Now we need to put plans in place for the future to get storage space and workspace.” To support the VT QL+ student organization as part of Giving Day, call 1-800-533-1144. Or click their crowdfunding site Team Website Facebook Instagram