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.

W.E. Stebbins High School InvenTeam

We will develop a newly modified cookware workstation specifically designed to aid those with limited or no use of their hands. Our kitchen workstation will have features such as a grater, mounted detachable knife, interlocking bowls, spikes to hold food in place, and a small section of the surface with raised edges, all located on a cutting board. All components of the workstation will be detachable for easy cleaning and storage. In addition to low maintenance, we plan to keep the cost of the kitchen workstation at a reasonable price of under $150.

Cesar Chavez High School InvenTeam

We will invent a fully adjustable motorized chair for medically fragile individuals to be used primarily for physical therapy. The chair will accommodate patients weighing between 40 and 150 pounds and have motorized platforms for the upper arm, forearm, thigh, lower leg, and torso. These supports will move through daily programmed ranges of motion specifically prescribed for each individual, increasing the patients’ flexibility and mobility. The prototype will cost between $3,500 and $4,000, which is within the price range of similar currently-available devices.

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