Newswise — Five teams have been selected from thirty-one semi-finalists to advance to the National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC) Finals Competition in Washington, DC on February 25, 2010. Teams will present their assistive technology prototypes to a panel of professional judges and live audience. . Finalist teams include: Bishop Kelly High School, Boise, ID; EPGY Online High School, Stanford, CA; Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami, FL; Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, OH; Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield, CT.

Thirty-five judges selected the top five teams of thirty-one presentations in the Virtual Semi-Finals on January 13, 2010. Semi-finalists presented their prototype device in a six-minute online video at

The NEDC is a real-world high school design competition in which teams of students from across the nation design and build an assistive technology device for use by a person with a disability in his or her workplace. Beginning in September 2010, teams reached out into their community to find a person with disability and have worked together to design, test and present an assistive technology device to assist this person in his or her workplace. Finalists will receive a free trip to Washington, DC to present their device in person. The best overall design from a national finalist team wins $3,000 for their school's sponsoring department. Two additional finalists are awarded $1,500 for the school's sponsoring department.

JETSJETS is a national non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting engineering and technology careers to our nation's young people. As a prominent force at the secondary school level, JETS engages students in various engineering education programs that are an essential part of fostering the engineering profession. Students in JETS programs are presented the opportunities to: understand how engineers make a difference in our world (Explore); see how their own talents and skills align to engineering majors and occupations (Assess); and participate in exciting real-world based competitions and activities (Experience). JETS programs touch more than 40,000 students and 10,000 educators from 6,000 high schools across the country every year.

AbilityOne ProgramThe AbilityOne Program provides employment opportunities for nearly 48,000 people through NISH—Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities, and the National Industries of the Blind. The AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the United States. More than 600 participating nonprofit organizations employ these individuals and provide quality goods and services to the federal government at a fair market price. To learn more, visit