Washington 2021

Chiawana High School

Pasco, Washington

PROJECT TITLE
Fold-o-matic

PROJECT GOAL: To create a walker prototype that will allow individuals with muscular dystrophy continued independence when their strength declines.

About 250,000 people in the U.S. are impacted by muscular dystrophy. Our team created a walker to help people with muscular dystrophy close the walker with little strength and ease, addressing the inequity of physical impairment. Our prototype walker will allow our user to continue moving effectively and independently using the modified walker while their strength declines. We integrated a Circuit Playground Express along with motors and a push button where the walker would close and fold with a push of a button. Our prototype met the needs of our target user. If offered the opportunity to continue improving our prototype, we would add safety features to be used in conjunction with the motors to ensure the walker isn’t closed by accident while in use. We would implement an ultrasonic sensor to detect whether it is safe or not to perform the action

Aiden Oakley, Micah Little (ORDER???) popup

TEAM MEMBERS: Aiden Oakley, Micah Little (ORDER???)

TEAM ADVISOR(S): Loretta Hanson

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Reynolds Middle School

Pasco, Washington

PROJECT TITLE
Social Distance Watch

PROJECT GOAL: To create a watch that detects when someone is nearby, so high-risk individuals or individuals who want to be aware, can safely, socially distance themselves from others.

In the past year, over 30 million individuals in the U.S. were diagnosed with COVID-19, including one of our team members. Our team created a prototype to help people who are either high-risk or who want to be aware be able to detect when someone is nearby, so they can safely, socially distance themselves from others. By using a Circuit Playground Express and an ultrasonic sensor, we created a watch that beeps when someone is 3 feet away and lights up when someone is 6 ft away. Our prototype addresses the health inequity that provides solutions, especially for people of color who are at increased risk of getting sick, to ensure the safety and well-being of our target user.

Jared Arche, Andrea Luna, Angell Bautista, Archer Dosspopup

TEAM MEMBERS: Jared Arche, Andrea Luna, Angell Bautista, Archer Doss

TEAM ADVISOR(S): Shelly Stahl

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