Students in Clyde Boyd Middle School teacher Janet Johnson’s class made interactive, sensory games for other local students and students at Church That Matters recently.

Johnson said her students designed and built their projects themselves to help students with ailments including cerebral palsy or for students to use as part of therapy.

Angus Valley Elementary special education teacher Angie Carroll said Johnson’s students visited her students to learn about what they needed and designed their projects based on those needs.

“The projects are designed to help with multiple things—we have one for hand-eye coordination,” she said. “We had one with picnic baskets (so students) can learn how to set a table—just different ideas.”

Johnson said students started brainstorming and designing their projects back in October, drew their designs and rendered them on a computer with a computer-assisted drawing (CAD) program.

“Students had to come up with a supply list and a budget (for their projects),” she said.

Johnson got a grant from Donors Choose for $1,000 for equipment and students started building their projects in February.

Students finished their projects and installed them for Carroll’s class, Clyde Boyd Middle School teacher Melody Schinnerer’s class and for children in Church That Matters’ ACCESS, their special needs ministry, just this week May 13.

“Her students were so kind and had really great questions about what types of interactive things we would like to have and what kinds of safety things needed to be in place for my students to be able to use the interactive items,” Carroll said in an email. “Her classes really took my suggestions and concerns into account when designing their projects and I could not be happier with the results!”

Carroll said the pieces help teach students hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, vision and creativity.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315