Aviation High School Students To Apply For Patent

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Students from Highline School Disctrict’s Aviation High School in Des Moines have developed two inventions and are applying for a patent for one of them.

Students developed one invention while designing and building a hovercraft in science class. Students decided a practical use for hovercraft might be to use them to move heavy store shelves, allowing staff to clean under them and re-arrange displays. The concept of the hovercraft was joined with shelving to produce “hovershelving”. Students researched the idea and found that there was nothing like it in existence.  They have applied for a patent through the United States Patent Office.

“How many high school students can add ‘patent pending’ to their college applications?” asked Aviation High School teacher Larry Welch.

Studying house systems led to another invention.  While looking at electrical, heating, and plumbing systems, students learned that the average person uses about 50 gallons of water today–about 200 gallons for a family of four. With the goal of conserving water, students designed a model home that separates graywater (non-sewage wastewater) from total wastewater. The graywater can be stored and used to irrigate lawns and gardens.  Many states allow graywater use, but Washington does not, citing environmental and health issues.

On Monday, October 20, students will present their model home idea to State Representative Dave Upthegrove. Students hope to convince Representative Upthegrove, chairman of the ecology committee, to promote legislation to allow graywater use in Washington.

Aviation High School’s mission is to be the premier public high school of choice for students in King County and the region who wish to pursue their passion for aviation and aerospace in a learning environment that prepares them for higher education, citizenship, and work.

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2 Responses to “Aviation High School Students To Apply For Patent”
  1. aviationfan says:

    I am so incredibly impressed with everything about this amazing Aviation High School and its even more amazing students.

    Aviation High School is an absolute jewel of a school.

    We are so extremely fortunate to have Aviation High School located right here in the Pacific Northwest, and I trust the Seattle School District has the infinite good sense to do everything it can to help pave the way for a permanent location — at last! — for these talented students and their inspirational teachers and administrators.

    Aviation High School *needs* to have a permanent location adjacent to the Museum of Flight and all that equally impressive institution has to offer aeroscholars of such high calibre on a daily basis.

    This would be such a win/win situation for everyone involved!

    In the meanwhile, heartfelt congratulations to these remarkable students and their most impressive “patent pending!”

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  2. nata says:

    what fantastic

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