Rose-Hulman Students Make a Difference

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A food pantry’s mission is to fight hunger and on Thursday, one local pantry got some help in that fight.

Rose-Hulman students designed, built and installed a lift for the Samaritan Food Pantry.

It will help the pantry lift hundreds of pounds of food from the basement storage area to the first floor.

Students used their mechanical design skills to build the lift.

The project was part of the Make It Happen Program, an effort created by Rose-Hulman students.

The students receive course credit, but the main goal is to use what they’ve learned and help the community through hands-on projects.

“Being able to use that to change the world in a way that, I couldn’t just go and donate money to have this done, in the way that it’s been done,” says Tim Balz, a Senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. “It was a lot of engineering challenges and to know that, as a student, I was able to do this, it’s just amazing.”

Garmong Construction and Automation Direct helped them with the project.

Students also got advice from Rose-Hulman staff and faculty.

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