Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School InvenTeam

Device to lift a kayak onto a standard car carrier

The Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School InvenTeam invented a device to lift a kayak from the ground onto a roof carrier on top of a car. The device is powered by a standard 12 V car outlet which lifts the kayak onto the roof rack in under 30 seconds. The only human power required is to strap the hoist lines onto the kayak which are secured with Velcro. This invention makes it possible for people who cannot lift their kayak to continue participating in an activity they enjoy.


April 29, 2017

It’s spring! Currently, we focused on building our prototype and making changes to the design to make sure our invention moves smoothly. We ran into a minor problem with a shipping company but with a little communication with the company, it was taken care of. The biggest obstacle this month was finding strong/heavy duty hinges that fit on our contraption, we worked it out eventually. As we come closer and closer to EurekaFest our motivation grows. If we keep working like this, we may be finished with the prototype by mid-May.