Catholic Central takes first in national competition

February 27, 2009
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Students from Catholic Central High School’s pre-engineering class, profiled in the Feb. 16 Grand Rapids Business Journal, have been awarded first place at the Junior Engineering Technological Society competition. The student’s device, the Handy Typer, jumped out from the 250 entries in the national showcase.

The Handy Typer was developed to help a teacher at the school who lost his left hand many years ago. The device stood out for its engineering, simple design, marketability, and that it was designed to help others — which was at the heart of the competition.

Catholic Central High School will receive $3,000 for its engineering program and the students have been invited to present at a symposium in Atlanta this May. The students have begun the process of patenting the device and will make a presentation at West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative’s Expo in April.

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