PSU High School Innovation Challenge
Please stay tuned for information and application details for the 2015 PSU Innovation Challenge.
We are very excited about high school students. They tend to be uninhibitedly imaginative and strongly inclined to help people. They are also at an ideal age to challenge the world and imagine how things could be different. The PSU Innovation Challenge Competition is designed to excite both their creativity and goodwill.
This challenge is uniquely student-driven. High school teams are paired with two or more PSU student mentors – at least one from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and one from PSU’s pre-health program. Mentors help the students conduct fieldwork for idea discovery, identify a problem that can be solved through design, and then refine their solution by applying the engineering design process. Teams present their final projects at a final event before a panel of judges.
This year, eight high school student teams were invited to identify a specific way in which older people can better manage their daily lives. The competition’s theme was “Technology for Aging Generations.” The teams represent a diverse student population from Portland public and alternative high schools:
- Alliance - Making Way for Clearer Sound, a redesigned hearing aid that filters out ambient noise and utilizes vibrations to improve life for the hard-of-hearing.
- Benson - The Medibox, an all-in-one health diagnostics and monitoring system that offers minimal interference to an elder's daily routine. * Winner of the "Best Team Venture" award
- Franklin - Tech for Arthritis, a computer redesigned that features an arthritis-friendly keyboard, trackpad, voice commands and volunteer tech support to help the elderly stay connected. * Winner of the "Most Creative" and "Greatest Human Impact" awards
- Grant - The Smart Clock, an elder-friendly timepiece that keeps an older person, their families, and their medications in sync.
- Jefferson - LifeBrace: The Advanced Health Tracking Wristband, a wearable device that monitors the well-being of the elderly and the infirmed but also younger people with dangerous jobs.
- Lincoln - RotoStorage Shelf Storage System, an elegant and ergonomic approach to helping the elderly reduce physical strain and injury by improving their living environment.
- Metropolitan Learning Center - Building a Better Computer for the Aging Generation, a completely reimagined user interface, operating system and peripherals for populations that find typical computing platforms less than intuitive. * Winner of the "Strongest Concept" award
- Portland Youth Builders - The Status Device, a discrete tracking system to help elders with dementia stay safe and give their family members peace of mind. * Winner of the "Audience Favorite" award
Congratulations to all who participated. The students turned the College into a stage for bright minds, thoughtful ideas and inspiration for the audience.
Many thanks to our 2014 PSU Innovation Challenge Sponsors!