Cultivating Inventors

( ♪♪♪ ) Next up, we are taking you
into Pikesville High School to experience all the
exciting things happening here. Award-winning educator
and technology chair Scott Nickles will get us up to speed. Come on!
Let’s go find Scott. Thank you for having us
here today, Scott. – Sure. – So tell us, what exactly
goes on in this classroom? – We run a program
at Pikesville High School, engineering program,
called Project Lead The Way. It’s a five-course program. And we allow every student
the option to take the courses. And basically they start out
in 9th grade and they learn a little bit about technical drawing
and 3D software. And then throughout the four years
and five courses they learn about electrical
engineering, mechanical, civil; we specialize in
aerospace engineering. – And now we’re going to go
find one of the students and see what they’re doing
in the lab. Come on! So, we’re here with Eli Fastow
and he’s working on some amazing things
as it pertains to 3D imaging. So tell us about
what’s going on here, Eli. – Well, there are millions of people
in resource-poor areas that lack medical services. And injuries that
we take for granted here — I say take for granted,
so we take the treatment for granted. Like a broken arm,
they don’t have. So you break your arm in an area
where you can’t get a cast and it might become
a permanent issue. So, 3D printed casts exist,
but they’re hard to make. It takes someone
who knows 3D software, like Autodesk, to build one. So what I’ve done is I’ve created
a 3D model of the cast and a procedure so that anyone
can design and build one without having any sort of
advanced training. I gone through about 12 models. I found a design that’s really robust
but it’s open, so if you’ve ever broken your arm
and you felt the humidity under a cast,
it’s not so pleasant. So, it’s an open design —
doesn’t collect humidity. You can see when a patient’s arm
begins to swell, so you can make a new cast. – No, we’re not about
to play a game of tennis. But it’s very interesting
what Chad’s working on. So I’m going to let him
tell you a little bit more about what’s going on here
with this tennis racquet. – Yeah. So, the main problem
with tennis racquets is when they break, the strong only breaks
in one point, right? But you end up
replacing the whole racquet. So it’s actually
this much string. All of this. It’s about 40 feet of string
going into this one racquet. So when it breaks, instead of
replacing an amount of string that’s like this long,
which is like 13 inches, you end up replacing
the whole string. So it’s a lot of wasted money. And also because stringing racquets
is so hard to do by yourself, you have to bring it
to a specialized person. And so then
there’s waiting time. So you end up having
a replacement racquet. And so that’s 200 extra dollars
that you’re wasting, too. Yeah. – Okay.
( laughter ) – Yeah, So, actually, so our prototype
for our detachable strings– We’re hoping that people
can do it themselves. That way they don’t have to go
bring it somewhere to get restrung. So, our prototype right now
consists of the strings basically attached to a peg. So when you insert it in,
it clips– it expands, so that way you can’t
pull it back out. So it kind of looks like this. There, if you want to see it.
Yeah. So, that’s what
this animation is showing, it’s just showing it moving
in and out. – Wow, that’s really cool. So we’re here now
with Allyah and Logan. – Our design is specific
in hospital settings where you would have
a sensor that is on the patient. We’re going to create a 3D model
patch for the patient to wear. This will send an alarm
or text to the nurse when the patient sits up
or above 90 degrees to let them know that
they might be at risk for a fall. So this decreases the response
time that that nurse will need to get to the patient to make sure
that they are as safe as possible. – And we’re here with Carson
today on Next Up Baltimore County. Welcome, Carson. – Hello.
– Hi! So, I know that a lot of times
during the day, my phone, I see it going down
as far as the battery power. And it sounds to me like
you’re working on something that can help eliminate that? – Here we have a model
of what it’s going to look like. And this integrated circuit
is going to be inserted into this mobile cell phone charger
and it makes it so that the batteries that are inserted here
are able to be conver– the battery power
is able to be converted into cell phone charge power
through this USB drive port. So you can hook up any cell
phone charger to this USB drive and then you can instantly
plug it into your phone and it’ll work with 98% efficiency. – So Scott, we’ve seen some
really cool things going on with the students
and their projects. Could you tell us —
I’m just curious — what happens next
with the projects? – So, what we’ll do
at the end of the year — so they’ve been working on
these projects for a whole year — at the end of the year,
they’ll make– part of the project is building a business plan
and developing a pitch and a business proposal
and all that good stuff. So, at the end of the year,
we’ll have a board of professionals from the industry come in,
you know, to the school and they’ll visit their projects
and defend any questions that the professionals have —
any questions they have or any, you know, problems that have
with the design, they will defend it,
why they did it that way. And take the feedback
and decide, you know, do we want
to move forward with it? – And by moving forward… – So rarely does it happen,
but in some cases we’ve had high school projects
in the project Lead The Way nationwide that have, you know, gone on
and gotten a provisional patent and moved forward with maybe
being produced by some company. So, if they’re interested in
doing that, they can get a provisional patent
for $70 or $80 and then they have a year
with that documentation to get outside resources to work towards
a full patent. It needs to be documented. – Well I’m very excited
about what I saw today. So hopefully we’ll be seeing
a lot of these things in the near future that we can use, huh? – I hope so.
– Yeah. Thank you.
– Thank you. – Thank you for joining us today
at Pikesville High School for Next Up Baltimore County. ( ♪♪♪ )

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