Berlin High School InvenTeam

Cherry Plain, NY
Lever Launch & Retrieve to aid physical therapy

The Berlin High School InvenTeam invented an adaptive device for persons who are confined to wheelchairs and would benefit from hand/arm activity while maintaining their independence. The physical activity exerted through use of the Lever Launch and Retrieve System includes stretching and bilateral movements achieved through play. The device consists of four major subsystems: • an easily attached and detached wireless control console that can be mounted on a standard wheelchair, • a lever-launch mechanism, • a robot chassis, and • a mechanical arm with five degrees of freedom that is mounted on the chassis to retrieve and return the launched object to the person. Benefits from repeated use of the Lever Launch and Retrieve System may include improved functional abilities, muscle strength, active and passive joint range, and coordination. The autonomous nature of the device allows the person to gain strength while maintaining their independence.


June 19, 2016

We had an amazing experience at MIT during EurekaFest.  Thank you Lemelson-MIT program for sponsoring us this year - we are grateful for the opportunity and will remember it fondly.

June 19, 2016

Berlin is excited to be on MIT campus for the celebration of the invention spirit !

June 14, 2016

The Berlin InvenTeam is pleased to introduce to you a demonstration video of our engineering design project, Lever Launch & Retrieve; enjoy !

May 16, 2016

Berlin InvenTeam presented to the Town Board of Stephentown this evening; although only 2 team members were present for the presentation, they did a pheonmenal job !

May 10, 2016

Here is a link to a video snippet of our latest progress, this time on the Lever Launch subsystem.

May 8, 2016

A special shout out to Tony Perry (Lemelson-MIT Invented liaison) for driving out to see us for an on site visit.

May 5, 2016

Here's a look at our device, Lever Launch & Retrieve: this photo highlights the essense of the retrieval portion of our device.

May 5, 2016

We are tweaking some issues on our device, Lever  Launch & Retrieve.

April 20, 2016

Here's a link to this week's progress for the Berlin InvenTeam.

April 18, 2016

We just returned from a fundraising presentation for the town board in Petersburgh - MIT here we come ! 

April 14, 2016

We made progress today in wiring our joystick directly to the robot chassis to control its movements.

April 12, 2016

We made some progress on the software development for the mechanical arm.

March 21, 2016

The team made progress on the programming for the robot chassis.

March 4, 2016

Berlin InvenTeam is scheduled to be interviewed by Carmen Chow, local news channel WTEN in Albany on Wednesday, March 9th @ 10:00 a.m. EST.

February 25, 2016

Our Mid Grant Technical Review was a success !

February 24, 2016

Berlin InvenTeam is excited & anxious for this evening's Mid-Grant Technical Review of our engineering design project, Lever Launch & Retrieve.

January 12, 2016

We left for the holiday break feeling positive about our accomplishments to date, however, since returning from break, we have experienced a few setbacks.

December 9, 2015

We have been making forward strides in our engineering design project this month.

November 2, 2015

What an unbelievable whirlwind October has been.