Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) shared the news earlier this week that our Career and Technology Center (CTC) students’ Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam is one of 15 selected nationwide to pursue its engineering design project. The team seeks community support to create the sustainable water-remediation system students designed to provide clean drinking water for children at the Melka Olba School in Ethiopia and to travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to showcase a prototype of their invention at EurekaFest in June.
A $9,100 grant the students secured from Lemelson-MIT is intended to serve as seed money to kick off their project. Community support is needed to help the project succeed, funding construction, shipping and travel costs. The team has launched a fundraising effort to raise $15K. Part of that effort includes a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/LMIT-help-these-kids.
The team also seeks to build non-monetary community support for their project, with student members serving as ambassadors for Frederick County as their project moves onto the global stage. In the coming weeks, they will be reaching out to local community organizations and businesses to talk about their project.
“It is inspirational and amazing that this team of young people is doing advanced science, engineering, and math with the goal of helping others—thousands of miles away—in a practical way,” says FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. “This truly represents the best of Frederick County. They need our support.”
In addition to the Go Fund Me page, the team has launched a website to share their work online: http://www.frederickinventeam.com/
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Engineering teacher Phil Arnold helped the students initiate the InvenTeam application last spring. He continues to foster the students’ collaboration with Ethiopian Children’s Appeal Charity Founder Jo Elizabeth Butler as they develop and deploy their invention. In addition to the online resources shared above, Mr. Arnold welcomes inquiries from interested members of the community: 240-236-8500 or Philip.Arnold@fcps.org.
See the first news release for a link to the video and more: http://www.fcps.org/about/news/1620706/fcps-wins-lemelsonmit-inventeam-grant-1-of-15-nationwide