TU Dublin students create Halloween costumes for children in the care of LauraLynn

29 Oct, 2021

Engineering students on the University's Tallaght Campus worked with 3D Assist to design and create Halloween costumes for children cared for by the LauraLynn foundation.

3DAssist is a charity that has printed over 60 hands and arms for children with limb differences, as well as 3D printing braille-based devices for organisations such as Childvision.

Robbie O'Connor, an Engineering lecturer and founding member of 3DAssist, organised the costume event with help from staff and students based on the Tallaght Campus. Industry partners also offered their assistance with volunteers from the Project Management Group, Platinum Paper Ltd, Radionics, Antalis, P and D Visual and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 

Speaking about the event, Robbie O'Connor, "We had a great couple of weeks, meeting the fabulous children and their parents in LauraLynn. Our students have been brilliant and gone way beyond to ensure that these wonderful children have the best Halloween costumes they can make. Today is our day to finish off the costumes, and we hope the kids have a great Halloween."

Speaking about their eye-opening experience working with LauraLynn, Biomedical Design students said it was a pleasure to meet the children and their families. 

Callum Coffey said, "Fantastic, they were so happy to see us, I have worked with families like this before and it's a huge thing to see anyone in the community getting involved".

Ciara Cassidy said, "It was amazing and tough but so rewarding for all of us."

Benjamn Joss Mercado also described the event as being "Very down to earth, very eye opening, I'm very grateful since I am in bio-medical engineering, it reminds you of why we are doing this."

The event was a huge success, with each costume fulfilling a child's wishes, it was clear how much time and effort went into it from the engineering team, and TU Dublin wishes the LauraLynn kids have a very Happy Halloween!