2017 Winners of SourceAmerica Design Challenge
First Place High School and College Winners
Concord High School's interactive device, the Weigh Master, is a computerized scale that provides visual and color-coded cues to help employees with disabilities weigh dog treats with greater ease and efficiency at Waggies by Maggie and Friends, a nonprofit company in Wilmington, Delaware.
California State University Los Angeles' team reformatted the fabrication process of a two-hole puncher for FVO Solutions, a SourceAmerica network member nonprofit agency in Pasadena, California. Lean Master uses LEAN engineering techniques, reducing production cycle time by 50 percent. Physical discomfort for employees is eliminated.
Second Place High School and College Winners
Copley High School – Team #1617 (Copley, Ohio)
Partner organization: Weaver Industries ProPak (Akron, Ohio)
Project: The Delta Snap broadens the number of employees with disabilities who can assemble grinder caps from 25 percent to 100 percent.
Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)
Organization served: SW Resources, a SourceAmerica network member nonprofit agency (Parkersburg, West Virginia)
Project: Say Yes to the Press is a simple, user-friendly hand press that expands the number of employees able to complete the task.
Third Place High School and College Winners
Copley High School – Team #1616 (Copley, Ohio)
Organization served: Weaver SecurShred, a SourceAmerica network member nonprofit agency (Akron, Ohio)
Project: The TRIPS device increases the paper shredding efficiency and production of employees with disabilities. Shredding time for one roll of paper decreased from 5 minutes to 12 seconds, and total production increased by 750 percent.
Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Michigan)
Organization served: Services to Enhance Potential, a SourceAmerica network member nonprofit agency (Livonia, Michigan)
Project: The Spray Bottle Assembly Device features a hand press that reduces physical discomfort of employees with disabilities who assemble spray bottles. For employees with dexterity issues, the new device enables them to complete the task with a single hand.
Fourth Place High School Winner
Olathe East High School (Olathe, Kansas)
Organization served: Shawnee Mission Northwest High School (Shawnee, Kansas)
Project: The B.O.S. (Best Overall Solution) is a portable wheelchair desk and cart designed for a high school teacher with Multiple Sclerosis. The cart's capabilities enable the teacher to travel independently while carrying heavy books and materials.
Fifth Place High School Winner
Wethersfield High School (Wethersfield, Connecticut)
Organization served: CW Resources, a SourceAmerica network member nonprofit agency (New Britain, Connecticut)
Project: Flag 2.0 is a motorized device that helps an employee with disabilities properly label envelopes. A laser light built into the device determines label positioning and a user-controlled button advances the roll to the next label.