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.
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.
We will invent a student chair-desk that will incorporate the latest in ergonomic and industrial design principles, be cost-effective, and will have a small carbon footprint. The desk will integrate seamlessly into the classroom setting, put high school students in an optimum state of learning and remembering, and increase their overall level of academic achievement.
We will invent a stucture that supports plant growth on existing sloped roofs which will be used by homeowners seeking to reduce their home's negative environmental impact. The structure will fit any existing roof, provide up to 95% natural shade, reduce storm water runoff by at least 50% for individual rainfalls under one inch, cause no lasting damage if removed, and be aesthetically pleasing. The average cost of the roof for a single-family home will be $400.
We will invent a portable, patentable device to assist in transfers to and from small watercraft that will be used by those with mobility impairments. Transfers with the device will require only one able-bodied assistant and will take no longer than three minutes. The device will weigh less than 40 pounds, cost approximately $400, and interface with a variety of docks and small watercrafts. Setup and takedown will each take less than five minutes and the device in its collapsed state will fit into a car trunk or a loaded two-person, 16-foot canoe.
We will invent a sensible, comfortable seating alternative for wheelchairs. This seat will combine several technologies into one, allowing the seat to relieve pressure, manage temperature, and resist bacteria, as well as utilize kiwi drive and Bluetooth wireless technology to monitor and provide feedback on health issues.
We will invent a pressure sensitive mechanical pencil to be used by elementary students to learn to write while under parent, teacher, or therapist supervision. It will help teach the students not to press or squeeze too hard while writing to prevent poor writing habits that can cause muscle injury. It will be used as a personal device in schools, at home, or anywhere the student could be writing. The estimated cost to produce one unit is $10.
The Northbrook High School InvenTeam is inventing an energy efficient cooling blanket for personal use. This cooling blanket, designed to replace a central or window air conditioning unit, will reduce the consumer’s energy bill as well as his or her carbon footprint. The blanket will be comfortable and will cool the user to a temperature between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be quiet and easy to use, with adjustable temperature controls.
Our project is a three system approach to efficient cooking in developing countries. Elements of our project that we would like to patent include; a grinder for reducing and recycling foliage and natural byproducts, a press for compacting the ground materials into briquette form, and a rocket stove that we modified in order to improve the efficiency of the cooking system.