Innovation Day 2019
The Seventh Annual CIJE Innovation Day took place on May 19 at the historical Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey. This event was the culmination of a year of diligence and perseverance on the part of close to 1,500 young innovators and visionaries, representing 44 schools from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. The annual CIJE Innovation Day provides an exciting time for students to present the capstone projects which they created, designed and engineered in the areas of innovation in Scientific Engineering, Eldercare, Arts, Eco-innovation, Healthcare and Assistive Technology, and Consumer Products.
A group of Ma’ayanot HS students addressed the fundamental need to create an accessible Hebrew language program for the blind through their Pokeach Ivrit project. This Arduino-based system uses Braille and servo motors that move in real-time for expression of a tactile word or letter, which is connected to a sound shield that plays the audio version of the word or letter.
The CIJE Award for Excellence in Eco-Innovation went to HAFTR, Ilan HS, and MTA. The DentServ Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Assistive Technology was given to RKYHS, Central and Solomon Schechter Westchester. The RoboKiller Award for Innovation in Consumer Products went to Bais Yaakov of Waterbury, RKYHS and DRS. The East Brooklyn Labs Award for Technology Innovation in the Arts was given to Ma’ayanot, Golda Och Academy and Central. The Sephardic Home for the Aged Foundation Award for Advancement in Elder Care went to Ma’ayanot, Yeshiva Darche Eres and The Frisch School. The Dr Lynne B Harrison Award for Innovation in Scientific Engineering was given to Bruriah (first and second place) and The Frisch School. The Award for Innovation in Engineering Technion – Israel Institute of Technology went to JEC, The Frisch School and Mesivta Zichron Baruch of Clifton. Finally, the Yeshiva University Student Choice Award went to Bi-Cultural HS, HAFTR, and Shevach.