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The first Jeanne Teeter Memorial Impact Award was presented to Heidi Cressman from the University of Akron.  Heidi is the Director of the Women in Engineering program at the University of Akron.   In 2010, she  came to one of the RePlay for Kids repair workshops at University of Akron, and became very interested in bringing it to her students.  They have since held 32 toy workshops at the University of Akron, which has not only greatly expanded our repair capabilities, but helped demonstrate the educational aspects of doing the toy workshops.  That has led to our offering high school toy workshops to teach fun aspects of STEM concepts.  The other spinoff from these workshops was that one of Heidi’s former students went to Ohio State University for grad school and invited us to do a workshop there.  We did a couple workshops there that were well received, and they ended up starting their own toy adapting program, which has now become part of their freshman engineering lab course.  And they have received a grant to help spread this to other universities.


RePlay for Kids appreciates Heidi Cressman inviting us to start doing toy workshops at the University of Akron and for continuing to coordinate and support them.  It really has had quite an impact on our organization, so we're happy to award Heidi the first Jeanne Teeter Memorial RePlay for Kids Impact Award.  We hope it will act as a reminder to her and her students to be willing to try out new things, because you never know what impact your actions will have.
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