A student team from the Archer School for Girls has come up with a clever idea to influence water conversation in face of California’s ongoing drought. Their idea has also won a $7,000 grant from Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam.
Archer’s team of 20 students and faculty mentors Michael Carter and Shane Berning created a proposal for an inexpensive, compact faucet-mounted water meter with an adjustable aerator encouraging conservation and responsible water consumption. The device will be designed to change the pressure of the water flow optimized for different tasks, display how much water has been used that day, compare actual use to recommended baseline levels for the number of people in the household, and will be run by a battery recharged by the flow of water from the faucet.
Archer was one of 14 schools nationwide to be awarded this grant. Cheryl Saban, Ph.D., founder of the Cheryl Saban Self Worth Foundation for Women & Girls and The Saban IDEAlab donor, presented the grant to the students.
The grant is part of Lemelson-MIT Program’s 2015–2016 InvenTeam initiative to inspire young people to solve real-world problems through invention. The students will showcase their innovative meter at EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of inventions and inventors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2016.
“I’m so proud of our students for coming together to stretch themselves to invent something new and take on a real-world problem that they care deeply about,” said Carter.
The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam application for the 2016–2017 school year is now available here. Teams of high school students, teachers and mentors are encouraged to apply now through March 7, 2016. – See more at: http://lemelson.mit.edu/news/high-school-teams-awarded-lemelson-mit-inventeam%E2%84%A2-grant-invention-projects#sthash.nwivzH3o.dpuf