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Dublin High School InvenTeam Hosting Mid-Grant Technical Review on Feb 8

February 5, 2018

Over the past few months, the Dublin High School InvenTeam has been working to develop SpORT, an assistive technology device that allows students with disabilities to participate in basketball and soccer at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics. The team, led by Engineering Academy coordinator Eugene Chou, was awarded a $9,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop SpORT back in October. They will be hosting a mid-grant technical review to share their project with the community on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6-8 PM during Future Freshman Family Night and Open House at Dublin High School.

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This technical review will be held in the Career Center and is open to all community members interested in learning more about the project and the team’s progress over the past four months. The event will feature presentations from the software, mechanical, and electrical sub-teams, who will also be displaying their project documentation and answering questions. The community can expect to see a demonstration of their software and the prototype they have built so far. The team is also seeking feedback from the community to improve on their current design.

The Dublin High InvenTeam has been working tirelessly to keep up with the deadline for the final prototype. They typically spend at least 5 hours per week after school in the Engineering classroom, with additional hours of work put in at home. Given the magnitude of this project, team members have also been visiting various corporations and local businesses, and reaching out to the community for donations to cover prototyping costs to build the best project possible. They also hope to raise enough money to cover their travel costs to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they will present their project at EurekaFest in June.

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The team is seeking greater community involvement and is encouraging community members to attend the technical review. “This project means a lot to us, “ said senior Saahil Shangle, the Administrative Lead. “It’s a test of our skills, as well as an opportunity to apply what we’ve learned and make a difference in our community.”

“We’re so grateful to be one of 15 teams across the nation selected by the Lemelson-MIT program,” he continued. “It’s been a rewarding experience and it’s something we want to see through. But we really need the community support to make it happen.”

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For more information on the team’s progress and how to get involved, please attend the technical review on Thursday, February 8 from 6-8 PM at the Dublin High School Career Center. Additional information can be found on the team’s blog at www.dhsinvent.com/blog.

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