Northampton High School InvenTeam
The Northampton High School InvenTeam invented Auto-Oar, a device that eliminates
the need for wrist strength during the rowing motion. This will create a more efficient
rowing stroke for adaptive rowers who lack wrist strength or have limited fine motor
skills. Auto-Oar transfers linear motion into rotational motion to automatically rotate the
oar from a perpendicular position relative to the water to a parallel position, called “feathering”
—a motion traditionally generated by the rower’s wrist movement. The device is adjustable to accommodate different sized adults and stroke lengths. It is a lightweight and waterproof addition to an existing
oarlock and oar. The initial cost for a set of two is approximately $250.