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Power of Pivot: Students design device to help people move from cars to wheelchairs

Discovery, Odyssey students on Team Mean Machine put engineering chop to work helping those with physical limitations

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 6, 2021, 6:05am
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Discovery High School sophomore Jack Harding, right, and freshman Silvia Pujol talk about the wiring inside the motor housing of the Power Pivot on Dec. 1 at Discovery High School. Each housing unit is designed to fit a number of wires and motors into a tight space, and takes about 12 hours to create using a 3D printer.
Discovery High School sophomore Jack Harding, right, and freshman Silvia Pujol talk about the wiring inside the motor housing of the Power Pivot on Dec. 1 at Discovery High School. Each housing unit is designed to fit a number of wires and motors into a tight space, and takes about 12 hours to create using a 3D printer. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

CAMAS — Team Mean Machine’s laboratory is that of a mad scientist. The tireless whir of a dozen 3D printers and other machines working away alongside a team of genius engineers ensures there’s never a moment of complete silence — almost like the room itself is alive.

Outside the miniature factory, however, these geniuses lead relatively normal lives — as middle and high school students.

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