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Twelve-year-old Rachel Matheson was taking apart a toy dog, adding a wire here and switch there, and screwing it back together so it can be easier to use for a child with a disability.

She was among about 30 volunteers of all ages taking part in the first Makers Making Change event being held on PEI.

“I’m excited to work with wires,” she told CBC.

The build was held in partnership with STEAM PEI, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young Islanders to pursue learning and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

“Toys are such a big part of kids’ lives and being able to play and develop so our ability to adapt some of these toys and then get them to kids who need them just fills a very huge void,” says Makers Making Change East Region Coordinator, Courtney Cameron.

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