US teen saves boy's life via TikTok, engineer builds largest Nintendo Switch for children's hospital
13-year-old Caden Cotnoir was scrolling TikTok, as most of us do, when he saw Trent Jarrett, aged 12, crash his quad bike on a live broadcast.
As Cotnoir continued watching the broadcast, he noticed Jarrett was yelling out a number for someone to call as he was trapped under the bike. Cotnoir promptly called the number and 20 minutes later Jarrett was rescued, having only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
The two kids, who live over 800 miles apart, were able to meet via Zoom, where Jarrett thanked Cotnoir for saving him. Jarrett said: “I was yelling out my grandparents’ house phone number. I couldn’t hardly breathe – I’d just like to thank him for everything that he’s done.”
With increasing news reports of shocking violent hate crimes against Asian Americans in the US, the non-profit organisation Stop AAPI Hate, stated that there were more than 3,765 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the UK from 19 March 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.
While taking a 30-minute train ride in New York City, Maddy Park realised that she was scared that she may be attacked verbally or physically and no one would stand up for her. While she herself could afford a Lyft or Uber, she began to think about how she could help those unable to afford anything other than public transport.
With the help of some friends and $2,000 of her own money, Park created @CafeMaddyCab on Instagram with the aim of paying for the cab rides of Asian American senior citizens and women via Venmo. Within 48 hours of its creation, she had raised over $100,000.
Park shared in a social media post: “Thank you for your solidarity, your generosity, your kind words and support for the AAPI community … the point of this is to allow you to make the decision to be safe when you are about to be in a risky place or situation because a ride costs too much. So keep this post in mind for your safety.”
Michael Pick, a "casual engineer" created the 70"x30" Nintendo Switch, which weighs nearly 30kg, and is estimated to be 650% larger than a regular Nintendo Switch.
The device, which has fully functioning buttons and joysticks, was then donated to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Commenting on Reddit, Pick said: “The kids loved it! Honestly the best part of this build.”
The device works by hiding a regular docked Switch and television inside its housing, with giant joysticks mounted above the actual Joy-Cons that work by moving the real input.
Pick continued: "I really like the Nintendo Switch. It’s small, it’s portable… but it’s really easy to lose, and for me that was a problem. So I decided to fix that by making something that was a little bit larger, and just a little bit harder to lose.”
Watch the video above to see how Pick made the giant device.
As of 2021, 283 different play spaces in India have been created using almost entirely painted tires by non-profit Anthill Creations.
All of the discarded tires are collected, cleaned and inspected before they are painted and drilled with holes to avoid a collection of rain water. The tires are then used to create sculptures of cars, buildings or animals, as well as swings, seesaws and jungle gyms.
Pooja Rai is the co-founder and CEO of Anthill Creations, which aims to bring back play for all age groups by building sustainable playscapes, using contextual designs and localized resources and encouraging community participation.
Speaking to Christian Science Monitor, Rai said: “We often forget how vulnerable these growing years can be. The right to play should be considered critical to a child’s cognitive growth, physical, and emotional well-being—we believe that it is indeed a basic human right.”