SourceAmerica Announces 2022 IDEATE Finalists for Disability Inclusion Innovation
National engineering competition addressing workplace barriers for people with disabilities.
SourceAmerica® proudly announces the finalists of its 2022 IDEATE Engineering Competition. Three college and five high school teams from across the country will compete in separate divisions in the virtual 2022 IDEATE Finals event on April 13.
IDEATE stands for Imagine, Design, & Evaluate Assistive Technologies for Employment. The national engineering challenge encourages high school and college students to create assistive technology that increases workplace success for people with disabilities. In addition, student teams collaborate with a person with a disability in their community to evaluate a need and develop an innovative solution that makes a real difference.
How It Works
The SourceAmerica IDEATE Engineering Competition is free to enter and offers student teams a range of benefits and prizes, including monetary prizes, engineering project experience which can be leveraged for college applications, as well as an internship at SourceAmerica. Finalist teams will present their projects, receive rankings from the judges based on scalability, repeatability and impact; and participate in an awards ceremony for winners. Judges for IDEATE are SourceAmerica experts in workforce development and productivity engineering.
“Through innovation and imagination, SourceAmerica is encouraging the next generation of engineers to discover solutions that improve employment opportunities and experiences for people with disabilities,” said Shane Kanady, vice president of workforce development. “This year’s teams have demonstrated a commitment to an inclusive workplace by creating assistive technology.”
1. Ohio University - Athens, Ohio
Team: OU Stake Labeler
Project: Staking a Claim on a More Effective and Efficient Process
The Ohio University team developed a stake labeler machine to help employees with disabilities more efficiently and effectively label yard stakes.
2. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, California
Team: Cal Poly SLO
Project: Easing the Way to Increased Job Comfort and Efficiency with eZcart
The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo team designed and created the eZcart: a new custodial cart that increases on-the-job comfort and efficiency.
3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, Virginia
Team: Team Juvo
Project: Achieving Greater Productivity with the Assembly Base
The Virginia Tech team designed The Assembly Base platform to increase productivity and in turn, help them achieve their financial and independence goals.
1. Brentwood High School - Brentwood, New York
Team: Brentwood Research Engineers
Project: Scoring a Victory for Increased Productivity and Wages with the Victory Sealer
The Brentwood High School engineering team created an assistive device for heat sealing packages called The Victory Sealer to enable the one-handed operation of a typical heat seal press.
2. Diamond Bar High School - Diamond Bar, California
Team: DB Engineers
Project: Earning the Sweet Taste of Success with an Improved Candy Labeling Process
The Diamond Bar High School team designed an improvement process for applying labels to candy containers. The team’s final design consisted of two automated parts: a label applicator and a label dispenser.
3. Poolesville High School - Poolesville, Maryland
Team: Team Better Tomorrow
Project: Sealing the Deal on New Job Opportunities with a Resealing Device
The Poolesville High School team combined fiber-optic sensing with an audible indicator to enable visually impaired individuals to independently reseal defective plastic bags.
4. Marquette Catholic High School - Alton, Illinois
Team: Tristar Enterprises
Project: Breaking Down Barriers with the Bolder
The Marquette Catholic High School team built a device called the Bolder that helps employees more easily and efficiently fold boxes for dog bones.
5. Wethersfield High School - Wethersfield, Connecticut
Team: WHS Jets
Project: Achieving SUPER Results with the S.U.P.
The Wethersfield High School team built a device called the S.U.P. (Super Ultimate Pusher) that helps employees insert plastic spacers into bottle caps.
The SourceAmerica 2022 IDEATE Competition Finals event is free to attend. Registration is open to the public. It will be held virtually to address the ongoing complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the IDEATE engineering competition, please visit https://www.sourceamerica.org/IDEATE.
SourceAmerica connects government customers and other organizations to a national network of nonprofit agencies that hire a talented segment of the workforce – people with disabilities. Established in 1974, SourceAmerica is committed to increasing economic and social inclusion and advocating for a more accessible future of work for people with differing abilities. As a leading job creator within the disability community and distinguished as an AbilityOne authorized enterprise, SourceAmerica harnesses the momentum and boosts the capability of its network and customers. To learn more, visit SourceAmerica.org and follow @SourceAmerica on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.