High school invention helps people write, wins prize

Prominent Boise developer Bill Clark started noticing hand tremors about eight years ago. Called intention tremors, they occur when he tries to grip a pen or pencil.

Over the years, Clark has tried various types of therapy to help him write, but they didn't work.

He started working with eight students on Bishop Kelly High School's engineering design team in September.

They wanted to enter the National Engineering Design Challenge. The goal: research, design and build a working prototype to help people with disabilities succeed in the workplace.

"I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical," Clark said.

Engineering design is a class for juniors and seniors that meets at 7 a.m., three mornings a week before school starts. The students receive no credit for participating.

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