Delaware HS students win national engineering competition

    A picture of the Scan 'n Sort as shown in a YouTube video created by the winning team from Concord HS.

    A picture of the Scan 'n Sort as shown in a YouTube video created by the winning team from Concord HS.

    A team of from Concord High School in Wilmington has won a national competition for an invention that helps hospital employees with disabilities.

    Concord’s team placed first in the high school division of the SourceAmerica College Design Challenge, an engineering competition that challenges students to create new technologies capable of increasing the workplace productivity of disabled employees or creating new job opportunities for disabled people.

    The Concord students teamed with the Christiana Care Health System to develop Scan ‘n Sort, a device that makes it easier for employees with disabilities to alphabetize unused medicines so they can be redistributed.

    The students synched a bar-code scanner with an LCD screen and coded a computer progam that allows the scanner to recognize unused medicines and display the name of those medicines on the screen. The Scan ‘n Sort is intended to assist employees who have difficulty reading the small print on medicine labels.

    The team from Concord edged out finalists from Maryland, Kansas, Ohio, and Indiana.

    A team from Duke University won the college division of the competition.

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