Davenport, IA

Multi-Stage Water Filtration System

The Davenport West High School InvenTeam invented a safe, customizable, and cost-effective water filtration system for the 20,000 people living in Muamba, Kenya. In addition to eliminating the bacteria present in the water and decreasing mineral content, the filter increases the flow rate of water compared with the existing filter solution. The invention utilizes the existing tower's height to achieve the desired water pressure without additional power. Additionally, the team has created water testing instructions and educational materials to ensure the solution is viable and sustainable in Muamba.

Recent Team Blogs

May 1, 2019
On April 12th, members of the Davenport West High School InvenTeam visited Jefferson Elementary,  a local school that does not have access to consistent extracurricular STEM experiences such as FIRST robotics. Fifth-grade students were guided through instructional activities encompassing the...
April 16, 2019
The Davenport West InvenTeam has had a busy month with fundraising and organizing their plans for Eureka!Fest in June! Ontop of this, the team has been developing their upcoming children's education book for the children in Muamba, Kenya. On March 1st, the team partnered with two of the...
February 27, 2019
Despite the accumulating snow days, the Davenport West High School InvenTeam is making progress on developing their solution. This month, they have had multiple show-and-tell opportunities and have received new data to interpret from the field. On February 12th, Dr. Leigh Estabrooks came to...
January 24, 2019
Davenport West High School InvenTeam is continuing to tweak aspects of their invention, as well as working on maximizing water flow without sacrificing water quaility. Client Joshua Ngao came in to have a better understanding of their coliform testing equipment and what he will be doing with...
January 4, 2019
Throughout the last few weeks of the year, the Davenport West InvenTeam has been persisting through stages of both problem identification and system innovation. The technical team is continuing to modify aspects of the filtration system design to promote maximum measures of efficiency. A...
December 7, 2018
Major events for the Davenport West InvenTeam so far in December! On Tuesday, December 4th, KWQC News came into the Davenport West InvenTeam's facilities to help spread the word about the Kenya Water Project. Educator Supervisor Jason Franzenburg, Design Lead Nicholas Nahnybida, and Technical...
November 28, 2018
The Kenya Water Project is making major progress towards inventing solutions. The Technical Team has split into smaller sub-teams to research both charcoal filtration and UV filtration. These possible solutions are still in the testing phase, with various prototypes both in use and being...
October 24, 2018
West High School's INSPIRE program was selected as one of thirty-six finalists to apply for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ grant after surpassing initial application stages in April. The Lemelson-MIT Program announced the fifteen recipients of the $10,000 InvenTeam grant, including INSPIRE's...