Grade 6 inventor in Fredericton helps people with disabilities
Lily Dolan has invented headphones that can help people build their neck muscles
A young student in Fredericton is using her brain to help people with disabilities.
Lily Dolan has created headphones that encourage people with neck problems to keep their heads up. If they don't, the music won't play.
"I wanted to help people who have cerebral palsy at the Stan Cassidy Centre to lift their heads up," said Dolan.
"It would motivate them to lift their heads up and not keep their heads down."
The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in Fredericton is a provincial centre that treats the most complex neurological conditions.
"In this case we asked Lily if she could make something that would keep everyone happy when they're doing their rehab," said Josh Keys, a rehabilitation engineer with the Stan Cassidy Centre.
"She's made something so that we can have the music play whenever they have their head up, so they can work on their neck muscles."
A call ws put out for young inventors to build something that would help people with disabilities, and Brilliant Labs provided the equipment to allow the students to do so.
Dolan was the only student to follow the project through to completion.
More to come
Dolan is now working on a new model of the device that she said will look better and be more portable. She's taking it to the school district science fair.
This isn't Dolan's first invention. She has also dabbled in household cleanup.
"When I was in the fourth grade I invented a robot that would sweep your floor," said Dolan.
"But it was just a prototype. It didn't work very well."