Send Tustin High to MIT!

$10,420 of $9,900 goal

Raised by 40 people in 13 months
Hello, we are the Tustin High School Lemelson MIT InvenTeam. We are a part of the T-Tech Academy at Tustin High School, an award-winning STEM education program. Recently our team was awarded a grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program to create and develop an invention that solves a real world problem. In June of this year, we will travel to the MIT campus to present our invention.  The Tustin team is one of only 15 schools in the nation to have been selected for this prestigious program!

Our grant covers expenses related to the development of our invention; unfortunately, it does not cover any of the travel costs necessary for our cross-country trip to Massachusetts.

So, we are coming to you for support in our endeavor! OUR GOAL HERE WILL COVER ABOUT 2/3 OF OUR EXPENSES, so it is OK to go over!

Rest assured that we are working hard to cover the rest and that any excess will go towards the continued improvement of our amazing program!

Our project is the development of a machine that will remove unsightly chewing gum litter from concrete sidewalks and walkways on our school campus.  Did you know that chewing gum litter is the #2 litter problem in the world?  That's right, only cigarrette butts are a bigger problem.    We're hard at work on our invention, and we're doing all we can to get to MIT this coming June.  Go Tillers!

Stay tuned!  To learn more about us please visit our website at .

Also, check out our Lemelson-MIT blog and follow us on Twitter @TustinTTech

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Thank you all for your support! The MIT trip was a huge success. We successfully demonstrated our chewing gum removal machine during EurekaFest and then went on an amazing tour of Boston. You are awesome!
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The Mid-Grant Review went great! Thanks to those who attended and of course those who donated to our cause. There is still a lot of work to do but we're halfway there!
T-Tech's Gum Removal Machine Project
It is tough to keep a straight face!
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Thank you so much for your donations. This will be a great help for us students. So far right now, we are sampling types such as brass, nylon and steel and working on the abrasion process. The process of removing the gum starts with first applying heat to the adhesive for roughly 15 seconds, then the substance diluted with water is poured onto it. It is left to sit for about 10 seconds before the abrasion process starts.
Abrasion Process
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$10,420 of $9,900 goal

Raised by 40 people in 13 months
Created January 7, 2017
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Araceli Diaz
8 months ago

Good Luck Erin!

Kevin Trevithick
9 months ago

Go T-Tech!! Tillers Rock!

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Jeff Chien
12 months ago

Good luck, Bryan!

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