Today’s ever-advancing technologies encourage brilliant and creative minds to design, invent and build all sorts of stuff that can make a difference in the world. And the White House has been supporting student’s creativity and inventiveness through hosting a science fair.
This year, the White House Science Fair showcased extraordinary and outstanding projects, inventions, and experiments from some of the country’s most innovative and promising middle and high schoolers. The fair featured projects that surprised the public. Aside from the fact that they were made by incredibly gifted and talented students, the inventions were uniquely designed and created artistically. And this includes the project made by students who are enrolled at NuVu Innovation School.
Kate Reed, 17, and Mohammed Sayed, 18, presented a very unique project in the Science Fair. The design came from the idea of Sayed’s desire to innovate and enhance the wheelchair by adding some parts like a tray. But what makes the project interesting and extraordinary was about the parts added – they were created through the use of a 3D-printer. Sayed, a wheelchair user himself, suggested 3D-printing the parts because it’s a lot cheaper.
Kate came from a different team that produced a hand-crank which was 3D-printed. The system was used to propel a mobility device forward. Sayed, who is also from another team, suggested the idea of making parts that could enhance his wheelchair. His team designed a tray that can serve as a work desk and at the same time a storage unit for his personal computer.
Kate and Sayed teamed up for the 2015 White House Science Fair. They put together their team’s idea and projects to transform an urban wheelchair into something extraordinary and cool. Both students traveled to Washington along with their coaches and parents to present their wonderfully crafted project. NuVu Founder Saeed Arida also came along to support two of her promising and gifted students.
Kate expressed her excitement since it would be her first time to meet the US President. To her, it is an honor and privilege to show their potential to the most powerful person in the country.
Arida, excited for Kate and Sayed’s project, said that he created NuVu so that talented, creative and skillful students can have a space to work on their projects and harness what they've got. He proceeded by saying that such gift and talent should not be wasted but nurtured and encouraged.
During the fifth Science Fair, Kate and Sayed proudly presented their project – a creatively innovated wheelchair wherein the parts were 3D-printed. And the White House and President Obama were given lessons of how this urban wheelchair works.