STEM Engineering students from Archbishop Wood Catholic High School competed this week at PA Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) first annual Student Inventor Challenge. Out of 70 teams competing statewide, Archbishop Wood’s students were 1 of only 5 high schools to earn finalist positions this past month, with their invention of the “A.R.T – Arthritis Technology Relief” device. This device consisted of a special thin-fabric glove that incorporated a series of 12-volt heating wires and a unique slip-in thermoplastic brace to allow arthritis patients to find significant pain relief during waking or sleeping hours.
The finals were held on Tuesday at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Judging was done by the Expo attendees themselves, and they voted for the projects they liked best by ‘investing’ their “PETE&C Bucks” – paper money given to them by the Expo team. The students had to not only demonstrate their invention, but also had to convince the attendees to invest in their invention using their strong sales and presentation techniques. Collecting over $3,300 ‘bucks’, the Wood team took home a very respectable second place, missing first place by only $300. Participating on the team were Arianna, Shane, Greg and Jacob. Their parents, Principal, Mrs. Mary Harkins, and the Director of STEM Education, Mr. Kevin McLemore, were on hand to watch Wood’s amazing students awarded with trophies and cash awards.
Congrats to the students on this achievement and thank you to the school for sharing the information and photo.