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Traveling can be time consuming with heightened security at airports. Increased terrorist activity has also led to less privacy for people who travel.
The Gulliver Preparatory School InvenTeam created a state-of-the-art baggage set to provide more privacy for travelers, while enabling quick and easy security inspections.
People who are blind or visually impaired often cannot identify the products that surround them, whether they are shopping in supermarkets or moving around in their homes.
- The Suffolk County Technical School InvenTeam focused on the refinement of a dog-treat dispenser that stemmed from a previous student project.
- The InvenTeam aligned with Paws With A Cause®, the largest service-dog trainer in the United States, for guidance on the creation of a dispenser to enable disabled people to reward their dogs.
- The InvenTeam received a 2009 Continuation Grant.
- After surveying teachers in their school, students learned of several problems that teachers experienced with the blackboards including difficulty cleaning them and dust inhalation from chalk.
- The InvenTeam’s solution was an automatic portable blackboard eraser, referred to as P.A.B.E.
- The P.A.B.E. is composed of three parts: a top bearing, automatic eraser, and motor base, which were designed to move horizontally across the board.
- Cell phones are a critical communication link between students and parents, especially to ensure safety of the students who attend Benjamin Banneker High School, which is located in an urban area.
- The cell-phone locker, named the Cell-Mate, was designed by the InvenTeam to overcome the ban on bringing cell phones to school, which had been established to mitigate class disruptions and cheating.
- The idea for a SCUBA breathing and pressure monitor sprung from Robert Nelson, an avid scuba diver and student.
- In its initial research, the InvenTeam confirmed with the Professional Association for Dive Instruction (PADI) that no technology was available to monitor a partner’s breathing levels. Bubbles often serve as the main indicator, but a better sign was needed.
- The InvenTeam’s first Eureka! moment occurred when it tried a DC (direct current) motor in lieu of a generator to light an LED indicator.