Rockford Christian a Finalist in National Innovation Contest
Rockford Christian’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) team is a finalist in a national innovation contest and will be traveling to the US patent Office in Washington, DC in June to present their project to contest judges. They are one of three finalists for this award. What kudos for them and Rockford!
Their invention? It is The Magnetic Plug Adapter (MPA) and was developed in response to the Challenge “Senior Solutions”. The seven team members were excited to involve many of their grandparents and senior family members with this project. That was the biggest key to their progress this year. They visited a Senior Expo, a retirement home, and brought several grandparents into their school to see their project. Together, they met with engineers from United Technologies for a design review, and have gone through the process of patenting their design. Several team members are thinking of engineering as a career. Who would have thought that seniors would have such an impact on our Robotics Team!
The MPA is a safe, easy to use alternative to the traditional plug. The MPA consists of an outlet adaptor (OA) and a plug adaptor (PA). When you need to use the appliance, simply bring the cord close to the wall adaptor. The magnetic power of the MPA will keep the appliance plugged in and will conduct power to your appliance safely. This will prevent seniors from tripping over power cords because it will easily detach from the wall.
Unlike conventional plugs, it is easy to grasp. No pulling or tugging is necessary! The plug can be connected with your eyes closed. It is circular in shape so that it can freely align itself. It is so much easier for seniors with weaker muscle strength or fine-motor grasp to use! Even people who are visually impaired will find the MPA a helpful tool to have at home! The safety features include operational lights. These lights will indicate if the plug is ready for use as well as to locate in low-light situations.
The team will not know if they got 1st, 2nd or 3rd until the actual ceremony on June 18th. The Team and Rockford will get much national attention as members of the media, industry leaders, government officials, FIRST executives, local FLL teams as well as invited friends and family will be at the ceremony.
Best wishes to the team!