Download our Press Kit here: SCHS InvenTeam Press Kit


We’d love for you to take a look around and learn more about our project.  This site is currently undergoing some maintenance so some pages are not yet completed, check back occasionally to see them once they are finished.  If you’d like to contribute to our project, any donation would be greatly appreciated and all are tax deductible.  For more information on donating, click here or go to the Donate page.  If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to email us at schsinventeam@gmail.com or message us on Facebook.
Thanks, Admin.

Meet The Team

If you’d like to know more about each of the team members, we have developed a page of biographies for every member of the team.  Click Here to view the page!



If you’d like to contribute to this project in any way, please take a look at our Donate page. The best way to donate currently is by check but we hope to have a simpler, online method for donating in the future. ALL donations are tax deductible!




You can donate in just 2 easy steps!

1. Write a Check!
Checks should be made payable to Falcon Education Foundation and the memo line MUST read Todd Matia.

2. Deliver the Check!
Checks should be delivered to the following address:

Ty Keller
2790 Briargate Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

For more information on ways to donate or if you have any questions on donating, please take a look at our Donate page.

What is the Project?

Lamelson-MIT InvenTeams Logo Our focus for the MIT InvenTeam project is the innovation and improvement of the biosand filter.  We have made our target beneficiary the people of La Gonave, Haiti.  La Gonave is an island off the coast of Haiti that is a current user of biosand filters.  The use of biosand filters in La Gonave is limited by the unavailability of quality sand.  The beaches on the island do not contain sand suitable for a biosand filter.  Rather, the beaches are primarily clay flats.  With this in mind, we are focusing on identifying and testing several different materials to use as a sand substitute.  Some of these solutions include crushed clay, charcoaled rice hull, and moringa seeds.

A major component to this project is that we wish to make the people of La Gonave self-sufficient so we are working on also developing a new way to build the structure of the biosand filter.  Currently, plastic or concrete filters are shipped in or made with materials that have been provided by companies.  The design we are developing will be made out of locally available materials and simple enough for the locals to build with use of a simple manual.  We realize the importance of educating the people and not creating a dependency.  We hope that our efforts will not only help people get access to clean water, but also help to create economic stimulation by providing jobs with the development of the filters on the island.

Who Are We?

Our team consists of a diverse population of students representing different cultures such as Caucasian, Korean, Hispanic, African-American, and Apache. The team is a fairly accurate representation of the school’s demographics, and a third of the population is represented by females. Our team also has students of varying grade levels and is comprised primarily of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  We also have a wide range of socio-economic levels represented with free and reduced lunch participants.

What Are Our Future Plans?bio-ausable-logo1 transparent

To start the process, as well as add validity to our current understanding of the filter’s drawbacks, we have contacted a previous MIT InvenTeam who conducted a similar project to ours in the past, the Bio-Ausable team located in northern New York state and Canada.  The BioAusable team has agreed to be our team mentor.  We will continue their research on creating a filter based on a vacuum system that encourages the growth of aerobic bacteria to help aid in the water purification.  Through our conversations we have found that they struggled to find solutions to issues relating to washing the sand, maintenance of the filter, filtering heavy-metals, and filtering other chemical toxins.  We plan to address these issues as the main focus of our research.  We also plan to do significant research on the culture and needs of the countries we choose to focus on, and will work with our community partners to get as much accurate information as possible. Then, we plan to go through the design process and create prototypes in order to study how the system works and its possible flaws. Groups we have assigned are accounting, liaison, media, design and drafting, fabrication, testing, writing, and art. The fabrication team will focus on the creating and refining the overall design. The testing team will focus on the ways to improve the way the filter works as well as determining its flaws. Our drafting team will be responsible for the initial creation of the prototype in Autodesk Inventor. Our liaison will be primarily responsible for contacting different aid organizations and various non-profit organizations that focus on water purification all over the world.  Their goal will be to create partnerships that will allow us to scale our ideas and provide an avenue to utilize our design to provide clean water to those in need.  The accounting team will be primarily responsible for keeping track of the finances and making sure all of the expenditures and assets are accounted for.  They will also be responsible to make sure the project does not go over budget, and they will seek out additional funding as needed. Finally, our media team will be keeping track of the progress of the project by maintaining blogs and producing videos in order to better document our progress. We have several people under each category. Many people are under multiple categories and are flexible in their roles as demand changes. Click Here for the full design proposal.

  1. I think what you guys are doing is great keep up the good work:)

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