An engineering student has invented a device to address this age-old question.
The University of Wisconsin in Madison has a campus unit called SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose) that sells all sorts of used school equipment. For the past 5 years, the university has run a contest call the ‘Wiscontrepreneur 100-hour Challenge’. Students interested in participating are given a voucher that allows them to purchase any item(s) from SWAP, provided it has a value of $15 or less. The challenge is to transform the item(s) into something that is “valuable, innovative or socially beneficial”… and to do this within 100 hours.
Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges and a winner is selected in each of three categories: most creative, most value (money) generated, and most social value generated. One of the winners was Kody Habeck, a Bachelor of Science student, who shared the $300 prize for most value created. Using materials worth a total of $14.95, Kody designed and built a device he dubbed the “Clean-Seat”.
Check out the video to see how it works!
Article first published March 17, 2011.