High school team wins national contest, helps disabled employees

Vienna, Va. — Students from Concord High School won the high school divisions of the 2017 SourceAmerica Design Challenge, an engineering competition where students create assistive technology to enhance workplace success and employment options for people with disabilities.

The Concord team competed against 160 teams from 26 states with their Weigh Master, a computerized scale that gave visual and color-coded cues to help employees with disabilities weigh dog treats at Waggies by Maggie and Friends in Wilmington.

During the six-month competition, students worked closely with employees who have disabilities: to understand the challenges they face and design assistive technology for them.

The team traveled to Washington, D.C. for the championship on April 7.

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