McMinnville, OR

Raised platform for disaster relief shelters

The McMinnville High School InvenTeam will invent a temporary housing platform for use after a natural disaster. The platform will fold up into a portable package making it easy to be carried by first responders. This platform can use any type of local material. The platform will be large enough to hold a medium size tent.

Recent Team Blogs

May 17, 2016
We have just finished our small scale prototype that we plan to present at our local Engineering Fair this Saturday as well as transport to EurekaFest this June as seen below. The prototype is quarter scale and used with the same materials that our actual invention will be constructed from. Come...
May 11, 2016
This month McMinnville High School’s MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam has been busy constructing new prototypes and making new contacts. We met with MIT mentor Don Domes as well as Meggitt and Oregon State University mentors. We also met with an expert who works with International Organization for...
April 12, 2016
March and early April has been really busy testing phases for the McMinnville High School Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam. We were able to take the advice given to us at the Mid-Technical Review and apply it to our invention. After going through testing and redesigning of our invention, we have come up...
February 29, 2016
McMinnville High School’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam’s Mid-Grant Technical Review was extremely successful and was shared with more than 40 community members and engineers. We received helpful feedback on our project as community leaders and mentors alike learned more about Nepal, their...
February 24, 2016
Looking Back at the Mid Grant Technical Review - The Technical Side Our MGTR was a few weeks ago, and it went well. We got a lot of feedback on our design- both about its structure and its use. We had our first full-scale prototype out for atendees to touch and look at, which really helped them...
February 4, 2016
We've begun building our first full scale prototype! As of February 1st things have been going alright, we are on track to finish by our mid-grant on February 10th. At the moment, our design is a bamboo hexagon, 8 feet point to point. Each corner is held together by adjustable brackets, with a...
January 2, 2016
December has been an busy month for our team in terms of redesigning our project with further research of the circumstances and needs of refugees. Janurary marks the start of construction and re-designing our project. An article by Bloomberg Businessweek ("Toilets, Not Tarps: What People Really...
December 2, 2015
Two weeks ago the team visited the AutoDesk building in Lake Oswego, and we recieved a lot of help in designing and materials research. AutoDesk is an international corporation that produces 3D modeling and simulation software. We discussed a lot about simplifying our design and utilizing local/...
December 1, 2015
After an enlightening meeting with mentors from Meggitt and Adec, we began to redesign and rethink our project. We decided to break away from the term "structure" which leads to expensive connotations and focus on creating the shelter in its entireity. Meggitt mentor Trever Cochran recommended...
November 20, 2015
Since our very first meeting as a team in October, we created a more specific plan and team organization format and have been hard at work in the design phase. We created an online calander on google documents to share with our teammates and our mentors to share our team meeting times. Currently...
November 18, 2015
Sam (Sustainability Lead) and I (Pedro Gomez-Palacios; Administrative Lead) were doing research on materials that could be used for the construction of our design. While researching, Sam and I looked into materials ranging from synthetic lumbers to magnets. The wide array of information gathered...