Freshman Lilah Lichtman Recognized in Cooper Hewitt National High School Design Competition


Congratulations to freshman Lilah Lichtman on receiving an Honorable Mention for her product design in Cooper Hewitt’s 2018 National High School Design Competition! Lilah entered the competition as part of Christine Tillman’s Upper School visual arts elective, “Design Thinking.”

Each year, students from around the country are challenged to design a solution to a unique scenario inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and stimulating exhibitions. This year’s competition challenged students to design a solution for making the everyday — place, process, or object — more accessible for all. 

Lilah’s innovative product, the “Rowfit,” was recognized among hundreds of nationwide entries. The Rowfit is an exercise equipment attachment that straps onto the arms of wheelchairs. Using a braked flywheel resistance system, a resistance strap threads through the attachment and connects to a handle. This product allows individuals to stretch and strengthen their arm muscles whenever and wherever they want

“Fitness should be available to everyone. But for many disabled people, adaptive fitness centers could be far away, and a hassle to get to. My product would bring the fitness to the wheelchair user — no matter where they are,” Lilah said.

The Rowfit poster Lilah designed for the competition will be on exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt with the other honorable mentions and finalists. Click here to learn more about Lilah’s product and the competition.

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