Dublin, CA

SpORT; A device enabling handicapped students to participate in the Special Olympics

The Dublin High School InvenTeam invented SpORT (Special Olympic Robotic Thrower) – a device that allows all students, including those with special needs, to participate in free throw basketball shooting or penalty kick soccer games through a tailored computer user interface. The interface features three pre-programed levels of autonomy based on a user’s motor capabilities and other abilities to ensure they have the least restrictive environment for playing sports. The device includes five tactile buttons to control two degrees of freedom for launch and an enclosed load and launch mechanism to ensure safety. SpORT is paired via Bluetooth™ with an Android™ app for level selection.

Recent Team Blogs

June 1, 2018
Over the last month, our InvenTeam’s jam-packed schedule has grown even more as we have just over two weeks left until EurekaFest. Each of our three technical teams have completed their individual components for the machine and have begun to work together and integrate SpORT into a complete...
February 6, 2018
As the day of the Mid Grant Technical Review rapidly approaches, the team is working in double-time to prepare everything for the showcase. Excluding just a few minor adjustments left to make, the second prototype of SpORT is finally completed. The software and electrical teams have been...
November 18, 2017
Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Dublin High School InvenTeam blog! Just two weeks ago, our team received the grant money from L-MIT and we hit the ground running. We’ve begun ordering parts for the mechanical aspect of the team and initiated the first stage of prototyping SpORT....
November 10, 2017
The first phase of four is ready to be built; it will purely test the launching mechanism, allowing us to verify our calculations regarding rpm of the fly wheels and trajectory. Full scale model, parts lists, and electronic schematics have been completed. We bought the mdf to create the frame on...