Orel Plomba with the measuring cup
Photo: Tomer Rabinowitz
Orel Plomba, an eighth grader from Kfar Saba touched the hearts of participants in the "I Can Too" national competition which was held in Herzliya.
Orel, who is visually impaired and four of her classmates developed a special measuring cup that enables her to create her favorite recipes. The measuring cup is marked with brail on the outside and measurement is done by using sense of touch.
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The "I Can Too" national project sees children from schools throughout the country studying about the needs of people with disabilities as well as developing products for disabled people.
The project which is in its 13th year is a partnership between the Education Ministry's Science and Technology Division, World ORT organization's Kadima Mada program which has invested some NIS 40,000 ($10,300) annually over the last three years on the project, MILBAT (an non-profit association that develops products for people with disabilities) and Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems.
The "I Can Too" project integrates students among people with special needs and promotes entrepreneurship and creativity.
The winners of the annual competition were a group of students from the Ort school in Nazareth Illit who developed a guitar for their classmate Dvir who suffers from Cerebral palsy.
Dvir, comes from a musical family and always wanted to play the guitar; the innovation created by his classmates means he doesn't need to hold the guitar, so now his dream may come true.
Among the other products presented at the competition: A device that allows people in wheelchairs to move freely in supermarkets, special gave that teach various skills to children and more.
The children were assisted in developing the measuring cup by their principal Yehudit Levkovitz and technology teacher Malka Giladi.