DHS Students Receive Invention Grant to Create Assistive Technology for
Tri-Valley Special Olympics
Dublin High was awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant of $9,000 to create SpORT, an assistive device that will allow wheelchair-bound students to participate in ball sports at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics.
Dublin High School is one of 15 high schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year.
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.
Eugene Chou, the coordinator of the Engineering & Design Academy at Dublin High School, initiated the InvenTeam application process last spring and attended training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June to help prepare the final proposal.
SpORT, which stands for Special Olympics Robotic Thrower, is an assistive device that enables handicapped students in the Tri-Valley Special Olympics program to directly participate in modified stationary basketball and soccer games. SpORT empowers students with mental and physical disabilities to actively engage in these sports while maintaining a reduced level of exertion.
"I am so proud of the work that this team of students has produced so far. The time and dedication that they have shown to this project and the quality of their work is inspiring," said Ms. Chou. "I know that this project will benefit our community greatly and I am excited to see the machine in action next year."
Over the next nine months, the Dublin High InvenTeam will develop SpORT. In June, the students will showcase a prototype of their invention at EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
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