Cypress Springs High School InvenTeam

Cypress, TX
Device to clear condensation from a firefighter's helmet.

The Cypress Springs High School InvenTeam invented an after-market device to clear condensation from the inside of a firefighter's face mask. The device is safe and reliable adding less than one pound to the uniform and can be operated for 30 minutes using a 3.7 V battery. When activated, the device can clear condensation obstructing a firefighter’s field of view in 10-15 seconds.

Blog

July 1, 2017

The 2016-17 Cypress Springs High School InvenTeam developed an electric heating system to clear condensation on a firefighter’s face mask. After speaking with local firefighters at Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Station and Training Center, we learned that fog developed on the interior surface of their face masks was a common problem and often led to injuries and fatalities. After a year of hard work, students from our team traveled with educator sponsors, Isaac Sanchez, Robyn Tompkins, and Mo Wong, to present and showcase at the 11th annual EurekaFest hosted by Lemelson-MIT.

May 20, 2017

During these two recent months, we chose to shift the focus of our invention to one product. We are now only pursuing the "Electric Heating System", or EHS for short. With advice from Professor Dario from Lone Star College - CyFair, we constructed a parallel circuit using two metals with varying internal resistances to create heat and remove condensation from the inside of a firefighter mask.

March 27, 2017

Today we continue to work with our split teams-- Heating & Cooling and Wiper Blade.

One of the problems we encountered with our wires on the heating and cooling team was that we were using a parallel circuit to try and heat up our test shield. A series circuit would ensure that we would get the most heat out of our production. In addition to this, we are going to measure out the space of the face mask affected by the fog. This will allow us to use less wires and lines across the mask.

March 18, 2017

The construction of our wiper blade is coming along slowly but steadily! Earlier on during the month of February, we created a wooden prototype of the mechanics behind our wiper blade using balsa wood, plastic gears, and a standard DC electric motor. We were able to fit our wooden prototype into the SCBA Scott AV-3000 face mask, giving us insight about the amount of space we had to work with within the SCBA mask. The wooden prototype consisted of a motor, components made from balsa wood, two gears, and a shaft that translated the rotational motion of the gears into an up and down motion that moved the wiper blade. Using a rotary tool, we created a gear box, where most of the moving components would reside.

January 16, 2017

Hello, and welcome to our InvenTeam's first blog of the new year! We have made lots of behind-the-scenes progress in 2016, researching, planning and fundraising. Here are some highlights of this past year:

November 22, 2016

Welcome to the Cypress Springs High School InvenTeam's first blog! Here, we will discuss our project description, our progress during the month of November, our upcoming goals for December, how we have been networking with others in our local community, and how we have been working together as a team.