Navajo Technical University Invited to National Maker Faire

Jul 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Navajo Tech’s Innovation Challenge Team at NASA headquarters with their winning project “Solar Medicine Cooler.”

Navajo Technical University (NTU) participated in the Second Annual National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, DC.  Sponsored by Barnes & Noble and other corporate sponsors, the Faire brings together inventors and innovators from schools, colleges, and the private industry. NTU participated in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Tribal Colleges and Universities Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, entering five projects: a solar medicine cooler, a walking 3D printed robot, a robotic finger for amputees, an aerial drone printed in fiberglass, and a printed Eye-of-Horus eye-tracking device.

NTU was one of approximately 33 teams in the robotics topic at the National Makers Faire. The NTU students won a trophy and an editor’s choice award for their projects, and received training in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office process of obtaining trademarks and patents. The students also presented their projects to congressmen and other government officials, staffers, and family at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire held June 21 in Washington.

Representing NTU were electrical engineering students Ericka Begody, Kirsch Davis, Chris Owens, and Hansen Tapaha. NTU electrical engineering faculty member Dr. Peter Romine and Center for Digital Technologies instructional staff member Greg Dodge accompanied the student team.


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