Lastly, each team was asked to develop a solution to a problem senior citizens experience. Each team identified a senior partner to work with and interview. The Masterbots chose to work with a local retired college professor who expressed his biggest daily obstacle was misplacing important things he needed. Other team members' grandparents echoed his issue. The team evaluated current products on the market and identified changes and modifications that would be needed, believing that if an effective product existed, seniors would already be using it. The team then designed a device and interface system that would assist senior citizens in locating important items. The team applied for a provisional patent with the help of the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University.
The team will continue to improve their robotics design and further develop their product as they prepare to attend the World Festival. They will be among only 85 teams from around the world who are invited. Winners from the various state, regional, and country competitions receive invitations to attend the World Festival based on a lottery system. This year the 1st Place Winner of the Clarkson Competition was invited to attend.
“All the team members enjoyed their experience” said Trent Yourdon of Keeseville, “I learned a lot about robotics. But even better I learned more about my friends. I made good friends.” Bradley Neureuther of West Chazy summed up the thoughts of the team members when he said, “I am definitely doing it again next year. I learned a lot and it was a whole lot of fun.”