Avon High School InvenTeam

Taking prescription medication correctly can be difficult, especially for the elderly. The average person over 65 takes six pills a day. The Avon High School InvenTeam decided to create a pill dispenser to make pill taking easier for the elderly.

The Avon High School InvenTeam proposed to develop the Automatic Pill Dispenser a self-sorting pill dispenser that reminds patients when to take their medications.

Simms High School InvenTeam

  • The vision augmentation device was specially created for an InvenTeam student, whose low vision prohibited him from seeing things closely, and would cause him to get dangerously close to power tools when working on other projects.
  • Initial research included testing and dismantling video cameras to study optics.
  • Coupling the Jordy, a video camera created by NASA, with five LEDs yielded the best depth perception.
  • Further improvements acknowledged by the InvenTeam included enabling for even better depth perception and a larger-field view.

Felix Varela Senior High School InvenTeam

  • While CPAP machines effectively deliver oxygen to sleep apnea sufferers, a common problem among these patients is that they tend to remove the face masks during their sleep, thus putting them at risk for impeding the flow oxygen and abnormal breathing.
  • In the students’ initial research, they learned that 38,000 people in the United States die from sleep apnea annually due to improper use of the machine.

Edith Flanigen

Edith Marie Flanigen began her career in chemistry in the early 1950s, at a time when few women were working in the field. It was also a very inventive and exciting time at Union Carbide, where Flanigen began work as a research chemist. In 2004 Flanigen won the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking achievements in zeolite and molecular sieve technology.

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