StrykerNEWFreshman students from Applied Technology High School (ATHS) are collaborating with staff members from our business partner Stryker Orthopaedics on an exciting engineering challenge dubbed the “Rover Design Project.”  This project was developed in the summer of 2015 through meetings between ATHS instructors Steve Cohen and Kevin Maher and key staff at Stryker Orthopaedics in Mahwah, including Gib Gratti, Director of Engineering and John Bryndza, Project Engineer. The ideas for student tasks came out of conversations about the skills that high-tech manufacturing companies like Stryker look for in their recruits, and the educational goals of Applied Technology High School.  

The project began with a “kick-off” two-hour field trip to Stryker Orthopaedics on October 27.  After a tour of the facility, Stryker staff presented the Rover Design Project concept and provided examples to students of other fixture design projects at their facility. Each team of 4-5 students is tasked with constructing a 6-wheeled, skid steer rover as well as designing and producing a mounting fixture for a board camera and 5.8GHz analog video transmitter that will allow remote operation of each rover. This telepresence device will enable the students to drive their rovers and perform survey tasks of their choosing either indoors or out. At the conclusion of the project, students will be assessed on their final output, its functionality, their presentation skills, and their successful interaction with Stryker advisor/mentors.