High School Technology Students Receive A Patent For Their Invention, The Pressure Sore Relief System (PSRS)

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In 2009, four members of the Technolgy Student Association at High Point Regional High School (Sussex, NJ) invented the Pressure Sore Relief System (PSRS) and began an entrepreneurial journey. The PSRS is designed for use by bedridden patients who suffer from the chronic conditions associated with bed sores. The invention won first place at the 2009 national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Denver, Colorado in the Electronic Research and Experimentation category. In January 2012, the company founded by the students, No Gadget Too Complicated, learned it will receive a patent for its invention.

A senior TSA member in 2009, Anthony Turo, said the PSRS idea started out as a classroom assignment to use electronics to solve a real world problem. “TSA student members, Anthony Turo, Kaitlyn Churchman, Brandon Negri and Matthew Garrera formed their own LLC (Limited Liability Company), No Gadget Too Complicated. The company opened bank accounts, and essentially began running a small business,” Mr. Drelick said. He went on to explain the extent of their efforts, “…they met with hospital CEO's, bed sore patients and nurses. They opened a line of networking, which included state senators, one of whom they eventually hired as their patent attorney.”

“This nearly three-year process has been quite difficult given that there is not much guidance available on this front from anywhere. From a teacher's perspective, this process has been terrific in regard to the real life lessons my students learned,” Mr. Drelick said. This experience has really taught me that even high school students can do anything as long as you put your mind to it,” Brandon said.

Brian Drelick credits Mr. Bob Witkow with the much of the success of No Gadget Too Complicated. It was Mr. Witkow, the volunteer judge for the 2009 Denver conference, who suggested to the High Point TSA team that their idea had the merit and depth deserving of a patent. Mr. Witkow is owner of Westwood Marketing, LLC, a high tech consulting and business development firm. Mr. Witkow mentored the group and helped them began a grass roots fundraising effort to get things moving.

“Within organizations like TSA is where I see kids doing great things. My view is that activities that go beyond the traditional classroom are tremendous motivators. Participating in STEM competitions and activities outside the classroom is what makes the difference between kids who are motivated to create something like a social network and the kids who drop out of school.” Over my career, I’ve made clients billions of dollars. Compared to what these students have done following 5 minutes of my encouragement is many times more fulfilling, Mr. Witkow said.” TSA students receive patent.

About TSA
TSA is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need or a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit http://www.tsaweb.org for more information.

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