What are the odds that in the course of 15 minutes an old microwave would morph into a cockpit to a motor for personal helicopter named the Rotor Mobile? When industry A initially started building their product, during the junk challenge the first idea was brought up by an incoming junior Jake Kurt, of Independence High School. His idea was to make the microwave into a fire proof safe with its own ventilation. Once that was brought up another idea was born. To make a portable one-seater transportation device that was more time efficient and more convenient than a regular car. Members of the industry got to work. They started off by connecting a pipe to a tire, putting a chair on top of a microwave, transforming CD’s into headlights, and adding cooled cup holder.
Duct tape sure did become their best friend when it came to putting it all together. As this innovation was undertaken the team came across an issue. The chair they were going to be using could not be a chair because it went against the only rule. An item cannot serve the function it was built for, but has to serve the function of something else. After hitting this dead end one of the team members paved a new pathway and shouted out, “The chair could be the cockpit of the helicopter!” and from then it was a go. They all started suggesting collaborative ideas, working together and creating the framework to which their product would be based.
A few days after the junk challenge the project has changed in various ways. Not only are they trying to make the product smaller, durable and safe but also are trying to make it “fresh, spiffy and convenient for the everyday person,” as Gavin Tierney a senior from Pella said. The targeted audience for the Rotor Mobile is younger public and those who want to save money and time. As their slogan says, “Put time back in people’s pockets.”
Senior and Product Manager Joseph Pietrocini added, “It would have a cult following for sure. Grab a lot of young people’s ears and the people who do not like to waste time and save money.”
As a team, the members of Industry A have become more comfortable and open to sharing ideas. When asked the question concerning teamwork and collaboration Joseph Pietrocini said, “We all have different ideas and strengths so that makes us a better team. Some people are good at this and some at that which makes working together a lot easier. Every day we become closer and get better at understanding and cooperating with each other.” The teamwork and connection this group portray has made it easier for them to complete their to-do list.
Acknowledging and taking time to fix their errors has helped them progress into a better working team. Valuing communication and showcasing their creativity has helped the Rotor Mobile evolve into a better product. “We have high expectations for our product which demands everyone to use their all, which lead to a high-quality outcome,” Pietrocini said.