Cesar Chavez Students Receive Patent on Motorized Medical Device

Posted by Community Relations at 10/29/2014

It has taken a few years, but science teacher Celle Myrann and a group of enterprising students who designed a physical therapy chair have received a patent for their invention. The patent was issued on September 30, and the designers celebrated its arrival October 21 at the school.

The Chavez InvenTeam collaborated with the school’s Special Education Department to invent a motorized medical device for positioning medically fragile students during therapies and daily living activities such as eating, drinking, and learning activities. It is adjustable for a student’s size and variety of physical conditions and supports the full human range of motion.   

The chair was developed with a $10,000 grant that the student inventors won through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program in 2009. Two members of the InvenTeam, Antonio Hernandez and Diego Vazquez, were invited to Washington, D.C. and met President Obama in 2010 during the first-ever White House Science Fair. 

The original prototype will be on display and a group of students from this year's cohort has taken on the challenge of finishing the chair and installing it in the classroom. The Chief Education Officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program was in attendance for the Patent Party.