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Robotics students create new way to help with limited mobility

The Columbian
Published: November 27, 2021, 5:39am

CAMAS —Team 2471, a robotics team of students from the Camas, Hockinson and Washougal school districts used its design, machining, programming and business skills to create a device for assisting people with injuries or other physical disabilities.

The Power Pivot is a portable motorized disk that can assist caregivers transferring persons with limited mobility between wheelchairs, seats and beds. Unlike existing transfer disks, the Power Pivot provides rotation to move the patient without having to twist or apply force.

The high school team is assembling and selling Power Pivots for $160 plus shipping through a website, powerpivotdisk.com. Power Pivots are built for each individual upon request. They are designed to be affordable, with any profit directed to support STEM education in the community.

“The Power Pivot project has been an amazing opportunity for team members to come forward to learn and use their skills while creating something that can really help a lot of people,” said Zach Ager, vice president of the team.