University of Chicago Laboratory School InvenTeam

• The InvenTeam originally set out to design an automatic pancake maker, but changed the design concept because of the high cost of the appliance.
• The invention includes an off-the-shelf blender that is connected it to a microcontroller, a single-purpose processing unit designed to execute small control programs in real time, which allows the user to turn on and off the blender by email and text messages.

Norview High School InvenTeam

• The students developed the invention to enable clearer communication for 10 classmates with cerebral palsy.
• The interface includes a large press-and-release button and a user-friendly database of pictures, words, and pre-programmed menu choices.
• “The project has brought out the inventor in me, and now I just think about what I could make and what I can do to better the world,” Alicia Tillman, InvenTeams student.

Francis W. Parker School InvenTeam

• The device is meant to service cities like Chicago, which have a lack of bicycle paths and narrow streets that cars and bicycles must share.
• The InvenTeam calls the invention Radio Cycling.
• A base unit modular is housed in the car; as a bicycle equipped with a communication module approaches 15 feet of the car, the driver is alerted.

Charles Herbert Flowers High School InvenTeam

• Inspiration for the invention came from a visually impaired classmate, who carries his heavy Braille books between classrooms.
• The user carries a locker locator that vibrates at increasingly faster speeds as it moves closer to the lock.
• The lock is Braille encoded enabling the user to easily enter his or her four-digit code.
• The lock can be used on any standard locker.
• The InvenTeam consulted the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to develop the invention.

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