2018 Design Challenge Finalists


School: California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Partner Organization: FVO Solutions, Inc.
Project: Interactive Virtual Assembly
The California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) team created a virtual reality job training program for FVO's employees with disabilities. Through research and design, the team finalized a specific interactive virtual assembly process for anemployee ofFVO Solutions, Inc.

School: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI)
Partner Organization: Services to Enhance Potential (STEP)
Project:Clip Assembly Device
The Clip Assembly Device is a handheld device that helps with assembly of a small metal pin into a plastic clip. The Clip Assembly Device is similar to a retractable ball point pen. It has a platform that contours the shape of the clip anda magnetic groove for the metal pin to be easily grasped. It releases the parts with the click of pen.

School: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI)
Partner Organization: Services to Enhance Potential (STEP)
Project: Cube XL Assembly
The Cube XL Assembly nearly doubles the strut assembly output of employees at Services to Enhance Potential, in addition to increasing user enjoyment and focus. Employees with the use of only one hand can now assemble struts.

High School

School: Copley High School (Copley, OH)
Partner Organization: Weaver Industries
Project: Paper Stack Cutter (PSC)
The Paper Stack Cutter (PSC) is a device to open packages of pamphlets for shredding. With this low cost simple device all current or new employees at Weaver Industries SecurShred are able topreparethe materials for shredding.

School:Poolesville High School (Poolesville, MD)
Partner Organization: Project SEARCH NIH
Project: Folder Filler
ADA Tech collaborated with Project SEARCH NIH to create a device that assists with inserting confidential documents into a manila envelope. The device, called the Folder Filler, helped an automation clerk become independent at work.

School: STEM4Girls (Portland, OR)
Partner Organization: Edwards Enterprises
Project: Packy—The Affordable Stretch Wrapping Machine
The Packy isa cost-effective and easily adjustable stretch wrapping device that can accommodate the variety of boxes that the Edwards Enterprises receives from itscustomers. Previously, bundling boxes with stretch wrap was a task that required the assistance of a staff member. The Packy increases independence, allowing for higher wages and increasedwork efficiency.

School: The Catlin Gabel School (Portland, OR)
Partner Organization: On The Move
The JonApp supports people with cognitive and developmental disabilities by providingthem with a structure to organize and complete tasks in the workplace. The app contains many features including images, dictation, and a very user-friendly interface. The app significantly decreases the amount of time for him to organize and take inventory of the cabinets in his workplace.

School: Triad High School (Troy, IL)
Partner Organization: Challenge Unlimited
Project: Preparing Patches
Preparing Patchesis designed to increase work efficiency for clients who work atChallenge Unlimited. The product has made it easier to tear Tear-Aid Patchesinto groups ofthree. The patches then go into a repair kit for a wheelchair. Their product will reduce the time required to cut the patches and make this task much easier for Challenge Unlimited’s clients.

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