What can research do for you? – Alexys Garza

This school bus has seat belts that go both over your thighs and across your chest.
This school bus has seat belts that go both over your thighs and across your chest.
Examples of our research tools found online.
Examples of our research tools found online.
This bus only has seat belts that go across your thighs.
This bus only has seat belts that go across your thighs.

 

It’s been a good couple of weeks since I have personally updated you all on my group’s progress. Over these few weeks we have completely a lot, most of that being our very first memorandum. I feel that my group, Create and Innovate, did an amazing job in explaining ourselves in our first major part of this experience!

This week in class we began to research standards and rules that could potentially apply to our product. In my research I found something very surprising; in the smaller school buses it is required to have safety belts that go both across your chest and your legs (like in normal cars), but in the larger school buses it is not. The requirements for safety belts of the larger buses is determined by the state in which the bus is in. I find this absolutely ridiculous. Why should there be a difference in the requirements in school buses? There’s more kids in the larger school bus usually so it seems to me that this rule is allowing for more injury than safety. I don’t ride in a school bus usually but personally I wish there were seat belts that could prevent serious injuries in case an accident did occur with forty plus students in a bus.

Of course riding in a car and riding in a bus are two completely different things, but they are much alike. From personal experience I am aware that it is very likely that someone will want to, and will, lay down in the seat of a bus. I feel that maybe once my group finds a way to secure better safety for those laying in the back seats of cars, we might be able to do the same for those laying in a school bus.

For the future I hope to conduct even more research allowing me to find measurements on the average size of legs and chest for children so that we will be able to accommodate the safety belt as best as we can. Hopefully once measurements are found we’ll be able to move forward with a design proposal, which is what this second six weeks is mainly about.

So far I feel that this project is going well. By taking our time on these aspects we are allowing ourselves to look at the whole picture in small forms. Instead of being overwhelmed with it all, this breaking down of all of the work gives us room to breathe in my opinion, and not too much to stress about. Can’t wait for what’s in store for us as we take on this challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

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