The Gilbreath-Reed Profession and Technical Heart (GRCTC) was considered one of 13 groups nationwide to win a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Inventeam Grant.
The scholars obtained the award for having invented a system to sanitize firefighters’ boots to assist forestall the unfold of communicable illnesses. They have been winners within the well being invention class and with the funds they’ll have the ability to construct onto their prototype.
“It is a concern for them as a result of they stroll by means of plenty of stuff. From all of the calls that may vary from fires to automotive crashes, they get the whole lot on their footwear,” engineering instructor Carmen Diaz. “They hardly ever have time to wash them, and so we are attempting to assist them in that course of particularly in that period of COVID the place they must be extra conscious.”
The GRCTC began the initiative final fall and has collaborated with the firefighting division. They not too long ago discovered they have been semi-finalists in the course of the summer season and had 4 weeks to put in writing a grant proposal for the $10,000 grant stage.
“The dimensions of it’s simply how the whole lot has unfolded. My workforce of scholars that’s engaged on it now could be model new to the undertaking. They aren’t the identical college students who labored on it final yr,” Diaz mentioned. “They’ve taken on the cost rather well because the first day of faculty.”
Previously, the GRCTC labored on eco-friendly installations at Park Day Dallas and a Harley Davidson Battle of the Kings class title. Beforehand, they have been in a position to make an impediment course for the upstairs firefighters coaching unit. They’ve additionally labored on making athletic wheelchairs for the UT Arlington and the wheelchair basketball workforce.
“Who is aware of what’s going to occur within the subsequent yr or two. Previously, it’s just about no matter popped up, and that’s what we labored on,” Diaz mentioned. “Whether or not it was a necessity that got here out of the neighborhood or one thing that we got here up with to assist the neighborhood.”
Within the final week, the Garland ISD Board of Schooling congratulated the scholars on their efforts and acknowledged their success for the grant.
“The digital world is beginning to present its colours as a result of at any time when we’re at dwelling, we’ve participated on this for some time,” Senior Josh Hooks mentioned. “At any time when we went to the board assembly yesterday we stood in entrance of all these folks the belief began to sink in, and that was nice.”
With the grant, the GRCTC will now have the ability to use the funds for constructing the tasks and supplies to assist make it right into a actuality. The undertaking is predicted to be finished by subsequent June if the whole lot goes effectively.
“We’re excited to work with the firefighters. We expect it is a noble trigger that we’re working with these first responders. They appear to be an ignored class in the case of innovations and serving to them,” Diaz mentioned. “There’s undoubtedly innovations which are there to assist firefighters, but it surely’s not mainstream information. A number of first responders must undergo and not to mention assist them keep wholesome. It has been a really humbling expertise to be taught from the firefighters’ facet plenty of carcinogens they’re uncovered to and the most cancers dangers that they’ve.”