Featured Projects

High school students can develop innovative solutions that make the world a better place. All of our student teams take a human-centered approach to develop physical technology products that solve a need in their communities. Students work directly with people in their neighborhoods to invent solutions that create a better, safer, more equitable world. Here are some projects from across the years.

adaptplay

An adaptive gaming controller for individuals with limited mobility.

adaptplay

AdaptPlay is a customized keyboard and mouse that allows those with limited motor skills to use a computer and communicate. It features two large buttons as mouse clicks and a modified joystick to accommodate those who have trouble with fine motor movements. It also features a hat that detects head tilt to control the mouse. The product was inspired by Jose, a teenager with cerebral palsy who was excited to use the new device to play Minecraft, just like any other teenager.

Gorge Makerspace
White Salmon, WA
Project Invent 2018-2019
$1000 SocialWithin Award Winner

 

ultradot

A proximity sensing sign for wheelchair accessible vans.

ultradot

Ultradot is a proximity sensing sign for wheelchair accessible vans. It was designed with the input of Abigayil Tamara, a long time wheelchair user residing in Mountain View, CA. The device uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect when drivers block the side of a van that deploys access ramps for wheelchair accessible vans. It activates a buzzer to alert the driver to not park in that spot and ensure that the wheelchair user doesn't have to wait hours to return to their car.

East Palo Alto Academy
East Palo Alto, CA
Project Invent 2018-2019
$1000 Wieden+Kennedy Award Winner

 

stria

A smart belt for blind users to avoid dangerous veering.

stria

Stria is an internationally recognized teenage invention. The goal of the Stria band is to provide a safe walk home for all blind people who face problems daily with veering. Veering is when an individual is unable to walk in a straight path, and “veers” off from their original direction. This causes life threatening incidents every single day. Stria uses direction sensors and vibration feedbackto let users know when they are veering unintentionally. This will be especially helpful in loud and busy public areas where relying on sound for navigation is not an option.

The Nueva School
San Mateo, CA
Project Invent 2017-2018
AT&T Inventor's Challenge Winner
SXSWedu Student Startup Competition Winner
Diamond Challenge Semifinalist
Patent Pending
See more at stria.org

 
 

perch

A self-guided, autonomous caddy for wheelchair users to shop freely.

perch

Perch is a self-guided, autonomous caddy for people with ambulatory disabilities. Perch works through the use of ultrasound. A transmitter is mounted on the wheelchair or use, which continually sends out bursts of ultrasound. Perch is equipped with two of its own ultrasonic sensors modified only to receive the bursts. Perch uses the microsecond response time reported by each of its sensors to judge its distance and angle in relation to the transmitter on the wheelchair or user and adjusts itself according to the information.

Apex High School
Apex, NC
Project Invent 2018-2019
$1500 Panel's Choice Award

 

unwind

A stress ball that pulses like a heartbeat to help reduce anxiety and stress.

unwind

Meet Unwind – the next generation stress ball. Unwind is a snug handheld device designed to reduce stress with a comforting pulse and calm light. Our device is here to give you the confidence and comfort you need to accomplish what you know you are capable of. Anxiety, stress, and nervousness are no longer in your way. With Unwind, mindfulness becomes tangible.

The Nueva School
San Mateo, CA
Project Invent 2017-2018
National Innovator's Competition Winner
$1000 Panel's Choice Award
Paradigm Challenge Finalist
See more at unwind.design

 

What will you invent?