2017-2018 Design Challenge Winners

High School

FIRST PLACE: Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Maryland
Partner Organization: NIH Project Search, Bethesda, Maryland
Project: Folder Filler
The Folder Filler enabled an employee with limited hand mobility to better manage paper work. Prior to the device, it took the employee 18 minutes to fill a folder with sheets of paper as part of his job as an account manager at NIH Project Search in Bethesda, Maryland.  With the Folder Filler, he could complete the task in under one minute.

SECOND PLACE: Triad High School, Troy, Illinois
Partner Organization: Challenge Unlimited
Project: Preparing Patches
Preparing Patches makes it easier to tear "Tear-Aid Patches" into groups of three. The patches then go into a repair kit for a wheelchair. The product reduces the time and increases efficiency for employees.

THIRD PLACE: The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon
Partner Organization: On The Move
Project: JonApp
The JonApp supports people with cognitive and developmental disabilities by providing a structure to organize and complete tasks in the workplace. The app includes images, dictation and a very user-friendly interface.

FOURTH PLACE: STEM4Girls, Portland, Oregon
Partner Organization: Edwards Enterprises
Project: Packy—The Affordable Stretch Wrapping Machine
The Packy is a cost-effective and easily adjustable stretch wrapping device that enables employees to bundle a variety of boxes without the assistance of another staff member.

FIFTH PLACE: Copley High School, Copley, Ohio
Partner Organization: Weaver Industries
Project: Paper Stack Cutter (PSC) 
The Paper Stack Cutter (PSC) opens packages of pamphlets for shredding to ensure all employees at Weaver Industries SecurShred can prepare the materials for shredding.

College Division

FIRST PLACE: Lawrence Technological University
Partner Organization: Services to Enhance Potential (STEP)
Project: Cube XL Assembly
The Cube XL Assembly nearly doubled the strut assembly output of employees in addition to improving user focus and fun. Employees with the use of only one hand can now assemble struts on the job in Dearborn, Michigan.

SECOND PLACE: California State University, Los Angeles
Partner Organization: FVO Solutions, Inc.
Project: Interactive Virtual Assembly 
The California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) team created an interactive, virtual reality job training program for employees with disabilities to support assembly processes.

THIRD PLACE: Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan
Partner Organization: Services to Enhance Potential (STEP)
Project: Clip Assembly Device 
The Clip Assembly Device is a handheld device to help assemble a small metal pin into a plastic clip. It looks like a retractable ball point pen with a platform that contours the shape of the clip. A magnetic groove for the metal pin can be easily grasped to release the parts with the click of pen.

Honorable Mentions

School: Diamond Bar High School (Diamond Bar, CA)
Organization: FVO Solutions (Pasadena, CA)
Project: Up for Grabs

School: Fairmount High School (Kettering, OH)
Organization: Fairmount High School (Kettering, OH)
Project: Silverware Roller

School: Poolesville High School (Poolesville, MD)
Organization: Chimes (Baltimore, MD)
Project: Glue Helper

School: Poolesville High School (Poolesville, MD)
Organization: Hearing Loss Association of America (Bethesda, MD)
Project: Enabled Door Bell