‘Rose Show’ showcases student innovations | WIBQ The Talk Station


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Design projects by students at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology have gone a long way in helping the community.

On Wednesday, the students had the chance to exhibit some of their work to the public as part of the Rose Show.

The Rose Show is an event that showcases nearly 100 student projects designed to help local families, organizations and businesses. Students of all levels participated in the creation of the projects. The Rose Show 2022 is the first show since 2019 to be held in person.

It was an opportunity to show the public how student innovations are making a difference.

The projects were also judged by industry representatives for the William A. Kline Innovation Award, honoring the legacy of the late Dean of Innovation, as well as Best Department awards.

Outstanding projects from eight academic areas, as well as multidisciplinary activities and competition teams are:

Electric chair to help increase mobility for local children: Mechanical engineering students have designed an electric chair for two Terre Haute children with reduced mobility due to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. The chair will allow the boys to move independently. It contains on-board power, speed control and the ability to turn off the seat to make the chair viable for family use throughout the boys physical development.

Walking Aid Device for Reach Services Therapy Clinic: Biomedical engineering students have developed a device that will be used by a variety of children with poor motor control of their legs during therapy sessions with a physical therapist. The device can be attached to a treadmill to help children improve their walking and endurance.

Automated greenhouse: Students in the Engineering Design program have developed an acrylic-based, automated indoor greenhouse that takes the daily stress out of properly caring for plants. A door opens automatically to ventilate the greenhouse and a watering system is activated when the soil humidity is too low.

Helping local sustainability efforts: A new greenhouse and rainwater harvesting system has been designed by mechanical engineering students for Terre Haute’s ReTHink organization to help bring food to community gardens.

Handcycle transfer station for Griffin Bike Park: A safe, reliable and weatherproof electronic mid-station has been designed to help people with certain disabilities convert from wheelchairs or walkers to handcycles so they can enjoy the Griffin Bike Park in South County Vigo.

Disc Golf for the blind and visually impaired: Electrical and computer engineering students have developed a way for students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to play outside like other kids and fit exercise into their daily routines.

Other projects have been developed for local organizations Easter Seals (digital art device) and Happiness Bag (lid life assist devices and drying chute), entertainment venue The Mill, Union Health (remote patient care system) and Neoteric Hovercraft (motor support).

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