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Bromfield one of 20 schools nationwide to receive InvenTeams grant

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HARVARD — A team of students from The Bromfield School has completed the development of its a-Pod memory-assist device, which helps people with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other memory-related disabilities to carry out the necessary tasks of daily living.

In October, The Bromfield School was one of only 20 high schools nationwide to receive a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant for the 2006 to 2007 school year. The Bromfield InvenTeam was chosen due to the ingenuity of its invention, its organization of the project, the level of student engagement and the potential for collaboration with outside organizations.

The Bromfield team traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge on June 19 to meet this year’s other InvenTeams, as well as MIT faculty, alumni and staff, and technology leaders in Boston’s science and engineering communities. Bromfield students showcased their invention, discussed their research and design process, and gathered feedback for advancing their invention.

“We give high-school students a real-world invention experience by encouraging them to identify a need or problem that is meaningful to them and then giving them the resources to invent a solution,” said Joshua Schuler, InvenTeams grants officer for the program.

Led by Gary Menin, a Bromfield science teacher, the InvenTeam was selected to participate in this year’s initiative by a panel of judges composed of educators and researchers from MIT, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Department of Education, as well as representatives from the industry and MIT staff and alumni.

In addition to working with school faculty on this project, the Bromfield InvenTeam also enlisted the help of several parents and community members.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program that fosters inventiveness among high-school students. The nonprofit organization enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

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