SourceAmerica recently announced Gardner Edgerton High School’s Engineering Team is a finalist for the annual high school Design Challenge, a national engineering competition where students create assistive workplace technology for adults with disabilities employed in their local communities.
During the past semester, Gardner Edgerton students partnered with Johnson County Developmental Supports in Lenexa, Kan., to solve a workplace productivity barrier for its employees with disabilities. Their project, called CAPS, is a device that helps employees with disabilities more efficiently count drywall anchors and screws. CAPS increased the productivity and efficiency by 40 percent per day of individuals participating in the project.
The project has recently become one of five finalists in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge. As a finalist, the Gardner Edgerton Engineering Team has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, April 11-13, to compete in the final event. Other finalists competing are from Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, and Indiana.
“We are very proud of our students! They put in a lot of time and effort to create a product that will really make a difference in the lives of many people working with disabilities,” said Larry Ward, Gardner Edgerton Engineering Team coach.
Members of the Engineering Team include Ethan Eccles, Samantha Marcotte, Logan Wakley, Chris Strick, Brent Doerflinger, Joseph Corbin and Amaranta Montserrat Anza Gonzalez, with contributions made by Moises Suarez. Katie Stevenson and Larry Ward are the Engineering Team coaches.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiBDXslueiY
About SourceAmerica Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,000 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, VA, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne‐authorized enterprise.