This year Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, with the help of Goodwill Commercial Services of Indianapolis, an Ability Indiana employment center, accepted the 2016 SourceAmerica Design Challenge. This annual national engineering competition strives to help make tasks easier for people with disabilities in the workplace setting.
Currently, one of the tasks in the employment center that the individuals must complete is loading microscope slides into a container and closing the container by pressing firmly on all four sides. An individual will often do this task thousands of times a day which over time can cause severe pain in a person’s thumbs and hands. The Indianapolis Met students found a solution. They created an ergonomically designed press that not only eliminated the pain in the hands of the employees but also decreased closing errors by 67%! The Indianapolis Metropolitan High School submitted this project in the competition and was named as a top 5 finalist. These innovators from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School will now compete for the top prize in Washington D.C. You can watch a video about the project here.
INARF congratulates these students for their selection as top five finalists in the competition and wishes them good luck as they compete for the top prize. We thank them for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!
For more information on this project or on how to become an employment center please contact any member of the Ability Indiana Team at 317-634-4957.