North Peace students to take part in tech build-a-thon

School District 60 is partnering up with the Makers Making Change initiative this week to help build assistive technologies for people with disabilities in Fort St. John.

The two groups will hold the first Light Touch Switch build-a-thon at Duncan Cran Elementary on Wednesday morning.

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Students from North Peace Secondary are taking part in the event, and will use 3-D printed parts to build switches for people with limited use of their hands or fingers.

According to Makers Making Change, "the Light Touch Switch is well-suited for use by a finger, allowing a person with severely limited arm/hand movement to control various technological devices such as a tablet, or Xbox controller."

The switch is an open source hardware project funded by the federal government.

Makers Making Change was launched by Neil Squire in 2016 to connect volunteer makers to people with disabilities who need assistive technologies.

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