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West students up for MIT grant

High-schoolers work to create 'self-guided snow removal device'

3:26 PM, Aug. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Wausau West High School has been selected as a finalist to receive an invention grant coordinated by the Lemelson Foundation, a nonprofit group with a mission to enable the next generation of inventors, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The program, called InvenTeams, has supported invention and innovation projects at over 100 schools and organizations nationwide during the past 10 years. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

During the 2013-2014 school year, engineering students at Wausau West will be researching, designing, building, and testing a self-guided snow removal device for use by elderly or physically-disabled people who are unable to safely or effectively remove snow. The culminating experience for the student team will be presenting their project on the campus of MIT in Boston at the end of the school year.

The students also will be working with mentors from a variety of area businesses to create their snow-removal machine. For more information on the invention grant, the self-guided snow removal device, or mentoring opportunities, contact Theran Peterson, Wausau West technology education teacher, at 715-261-0850 or tpeterso@wausauschools.org.

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