OPRFHS Robotics Club Project Entered in Prestigious International Google Science Fair

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By Melissa Ford

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Submitted by Bob Parks

Oak Park River Forest Robotics Club students Tom Jozefowicz, Jesse Cornman, and Luisa Vasquez have refined their myoelectric (muscle voltage), thought-controlled robotic arm that won both regional and state competitions last year.  Myoelectric technology is at the heart of modern prosthetic limbs.  

The team converted prototype electronics to a permanent soldered version and added a ground-breaking software algorithm that allows automatic calibration of the robotic arm to the individual residual muscle signals of the prosthetic patient. This technique enables the user of an artificial limb to calibrate it to his or her specific physiology without the need of clinical assistance, offering an opportunity to dramatically improve freedom and quality of life.

Club adviser Bob Parks commented "These students worked incredibly hard, especially this past week, including 6-10 pm every evening but one and all day both days this weekend (12 hours Saturday, 7 hours Sunday). They devoted the free time of their spring break to finish this project on time. It just made the entry deadline for the Google Science Fair competition. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and needless to say, I'm tremendously proud of them."

Let's wish them luck! 

Email: melissa@empoweredcoachingsolutions.com

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Dat from Chicago  

Posted: April 7th, 2012 11:14 AM

Good luck to Tom, Jesse, and Luisa. These students put a lot of time and effort to get to this point. I am very proud of them. Thank you Bob for making all this possible.

Melissa from OakPark.com/EmpoweredParent  

Posted: April 7th, 2012 12:46 AM

Bob Parks has been actively pursuing his dream of bringing Robotics to the formal curriculums of both D97 and D200 for years! Thank you Bob for devoting your time in mentoring our children and good luck to Tom, Jesse, and Luisa in the upcoming competition!

John from Wheaton  

Posted: April 6th, 2012 5:13 PM

Amazing project, very nice work

Nadine from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2012 4:22 PM

Best of luck to Luisa, Tom and Jesse. We're so proud of the bright and talented students in our community!

E Crane from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2012 10:49 AM

Best of luck to these inventive and studious youngsters. These clubs are fantastic for the community.

Susan from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2012 8:40 AM

It is amazing what these high school students can do with a goal, hard work and dedicated mentors to guide them as they learn engineering. More students should have the chance for this type of learning experience.

Donna Peel from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 5th, 2012 2:44 PM

Good luck to the students! Thank you to Bob for sharing his talent with our community and thank you Melissa for spreading the word. This is inspiring.

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