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A Catalyst in the Classroom: How One Student is Making a Difference

Eric Gray, founder of Catalyst Sports, with Caleb in front of his adaptive bike stand - a folding platform with an adaptive bike on top of it supported by 3 pipes so that it is not touching the ground at all.

At Catalyst Sports, we are always on the lookout for passionate individuals eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by physical disabilities. Caleb, a remarkable student from Fellowship Christian School, has exemplified this passion through his capstone project within his STEM class. His dedication and hard work have provided a useful tool to our organization and the community we serve.

The opportunity to collaborate with Catalyst Sports came to Caleb through his teacher, who provided a list of potential projects aimed at supporting various causes. Caleb chose to help our mission by designing and building a stand for adaptive bikes. It helps the bike mechanic effectively and efficiently repair, maintain or install customizations. This project aligned perfectly with his interest in metalwork and design, even though the final product was not crafted from metal.

Caleb began his project by meeting with Eric Gray, from Catalyst Sports, to understand the specific needs and requirements. He conducted thorough research on existing products in the marketplace to ensure his design would be both innovative and functional.

His first ideas led to the creation of multiple designs, which he refined through discussions with Eric and other teachers. With Eric's support, Caleb borrowed a bike to take precise measurements, allowing him to develop a baseline design. Using various equations, he adapted the stand to accommodate multiple types of adaptive and hand bikes.

As with any project, there were obstacles along the way. Caleb received guidance from a specific teacher who walked him through the production process, helping him navigate and resolve these challenges. The result was a versatile and portable bike stand that could be used by mechanics to work on assorted styles of adaptive bikes.

Caleb's commitment to service extends beyond this project. He has a cousin with cerebral palsy, which has given him personal insight into the world of adaptive needs. His gratitude for ADA laws in the U.S. is clear, and he recognizes the ongoing work needed to improve accessibility. Caleb's involvement with Miracle League and other volunteer activities has made him aware of the needs of others.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Caleb is active in extracurricular activities such as cross country, lacrosse, and track. He also balances work at a restaurant and a warehouse, showing his strong work ethic and determination. This summer, he will serve at Woodlands Camp, a place close to his heart and important to his family, while saving for college.

As Caleb prepares to attend Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, he remains undecided about his major but is certain about his love for creating, building, and designing. His hands-on approach and creative mindset promise a bright future in whichever field he chooses.

We extend our gratitude to Caleb for his exceptional work on the bike stand project. His innovative talents and dedication have made a significant impact on our organization and the community we serve. Thank you also to Tripp Hughes at Fellowship for consistently engaging your students with our mission.

Congratulations, Caleb, on your successful capstone project and your graduation from Fellowship Christian School. We wish you all the best as you embark on your college journey this fall. We are excited to see where your career and service take you!

At the end of our interview, Kevin Carr, a leading inventor of adaptive kayaking solutions, joined us. It was a joy to introduce two individuals at distinct stages of their journeys, both driven by innovative ideas and a commitment to serving others.

Thank you, Caleb, for your invaluable contribution to Catalyst Sports. Your work has not only supported our mission but is also inspiring for all of us.


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2 days ago

Great project, well thought out. I like the portability so one can use it in the shop or on site at any event. It's not big and bulky. Also, he considered and talked to the end users, determined the requirements, like any good product designer should!

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