Gulfport, MS

Boat boarding lift for mobility impaired individuals

The Gulfport High School InvenTeam invented a stable, screw-driven wheelchair lift to assist individuals with mobility impairments who wish to board boats at the Gulfport Pier. This invention will increase safety for wheelchair-bound individuals boarding boats since there are no ADA requirements regarding the boarding of individuals in wheelchairs onto a boat. A linear actuator allows the lift to rotate horizontally 90 degrees, so that it may place the individual and their chair into a boat. The enclosed platform and latching mechanism ensure that while the lift is in motion, the individual and chair do not move. The lift is also able to move up to four feet vertically to account for the changing tides.

Recent Team Blogs

April 29, 2016
Attention! T-minus 49 days until Eureka Fest! Do you know where your project is?      This month, the weather here in South Mississippi has been working against us! Earlier this week, our city declared a state of emergency due to all of the rain here in Gulfport. Our school was...
March 17, 2016
Earlier this month, out team hosted our Mid-Grant Technical Review. We were so excited to have Dr. Estabrooks come down to help review our team; we met with her before the event as well after to tell her a little bit more about our team and hear some of her many dotty stories. During the MGTR,...
February 24, 2016
      This month, our business team has been working to organize the Mid-Grant Technical Review. Our Communications and Finance Leads have been ordering the food and drinks as well as designing and sending out the invitations to community members. We will be holding the...
January 12, 2016
Along with ringing in the new year, our team has been busy revising our lift system design. Members of our team have been working closely with one of our mentors, Mr. Tom, to develop a new way to support the weight of our platform. Early last week, Mr. Tom introduced an idea to replace the...
December 28, 2015
Friday the eighteenth, our team held a video chat with Mr. Anthony Perry to discuss our invention's design and how our team has progressed thus far. We are continuing to sharpen our skills with our CAD program as well as with the many power tools we will use throughout this season. We have also...