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Designing the future

"We are going to keep it intact and fill it full of tools and bring it to the racetrack with us," he said.

Another pair had their invention follow their passion too, which happened to be lacrosse.

Brendan Montrello and Nick Massaroni both play lacrosse at school and decided the balls used didn't need to be thrown out when they could be refurbished.

Though refurbished balls can't be used in games since it has been changed, the rubber balls could be reused for practice.

A sandblaster is used to resurface balls that have had their exterior diminish over time and become too slippery. The ball is secured firmly and is continuously spun as the sand blaster moves about 180 degrees to fully refurbish the surface.

"Hopefully when we go on and really start thinking about this, maybe after college, we want to get four balls at a time," said Massaroni.

Every month the school needs to buy a new case of lacrosse balls, totaling 200 per case, said Montrello. After one season the schools would save the money of the initial investment to build the machine, said Massaroni, but a school might already have a sandblaster that would reduce the initial investment greatly.

Following the sports theme, Eric Eoff presented interchangeable spike plates for shoes used in track and field.

"The top of your shoes don't wear out as quickly as the bottoms, so when these get dull you have to buy a new set of $80 shoes and that is a pain," said Eoff.

He took a fiberglass mold of a shoe and then used computer software to design the spike plate, which fixes to the exact contour of the bottom of the shoe. Very strong Velcro then holds the spike plate to the shoe.

"The constant pressure down keeps (the spike plate) on," he said.

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