What is the Catlin Gabel InvenTeam?
We focus on STEM education and developing solutions for real-world problems.
Each year, the team seeks a group with a specific need, then works to design and develop products to offer a solution.
JuiceBox is an efficient and sustainable way to provide electricity and utilities for off-the-grid, portable houses for previously homeless people. JuiceBox acts as an intersection between environmental and humanitarian work. Using recycled batteries from Robotics teams we are raising awareness among the FIRST community, and the solar panels encourage reusable energy while improving the quality of life for Portland's homeless population. JuiceBox won the Lexus Eco Challenge first round in 2017.
Water Trotter is a sustainable solution for water purification and transportation - all in one. Water Trotter is composed of two reused car tires and uses UV purification while the water is being transported to maximize the efficiency of the user's time. Water Trotter won first place at the 2015 Clean Tech Challenge.
LostExhaust takes advantage of the fact that everyone is going to and from the same place. By connecting people with those who live near them and drive a similar route everyday, carpooling becomes a simple way to save time and fuel while helping the environment by reducing carbon emissions. LostExhaust won the Lexus Eco Challenge first round in 2016.
ScumBot is a low maintenance autonomous robot designed to skim and remove aquatic surface vegetation such as duckweed and algae from small lakes and ponds. This robot would offer a substantial reduction in the cost of removing the vegetation in comparison with the other methods of removal that currently exist. With this invention, we are able to serve a niche in the market for both small bodies of water and for bodies of water whose ecosystems are fragile or protected.