Cesar Chavez High School InvenTeam
Motorized physical therapy chair to reduce muscular atrophy
We will invent a fully adjustable motorized chair for medically fragile individuals to be used primarily for physical therapy. The chair will accommodate patients weighing between 40 and 150 pounds and have motorized platforms for the upper arm, forearm, thigh, lower leg, and torso. These supports will move through daily programmed ranges of motion specifically prescribed for each individual, increasing the patients’ flexibility and mobility. The prototype will cost between $3,500 and $4,000, which is within the price range of similar currently-available devices. Team Updates The Cesar Chavez High School InvenTeam was one of the first InvenTeams to be invited to the inaugural White House Science Fair in 2010. The team received a United States Patent for their motorized physical therapy chair in 2014.