Windsor 6th grader, with help of college students, develops ‘Tick Stik’
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Windsor Central School District sixth-grader Delaney Dixon is getting assistance from a team of Binghamton University students in developing the Tick Stik, a device to help people find ticks on their bodies in places they cannot usually see.
Just in time for National Inventors Day, Dixion and the team presented the prototype and explained how the unique collaboration came about on Friday morning in the Engineering Building on Binghamton University’s campus.
The team of Binghamton University students is improving the product for their senior project at the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science as an effort to bring the Tick Stik to market.
The invention is an extendable and flexible wand with an HD camera on the end which transmits an image to a phone screen. It also has attachable tools for removing ticks from your body if you find them. It is designed for use by hikers, hunters, fishermen, athletes, outdoor workers and hobbyists.
The improvements made by the engineering students include upgrading the camera and making the device longer and more bendable for easier use around the body. Protective measures were also added to keep the device safe from any water or damage. Eventually, they will try to get a mobile app for the camera.
Dixon contracted Lyme disease in 2017 where she suffered high fevers, rashes soreness and a list of medical side effects. She is healthy now and wants to prevent others from going through the same experience.
Thus she and her father, Chris, invented the Tick Stik.
“I was thinking I don’t want to be checked anymore like this is uncomfortable so I had this vision in my head just a wand that could have a camera on it, and a removable tool to help you remove and locate ticks,” said Dixon.
Dixon said she has always had an interest in engineering and this only helped to grow her interest.
The mechanical engineering majors assisting in this project are Salvatore Mezzatesta, Jung Wok Oh and Justin Adamczak. Their advisor is Associate Professor Peter Huang.
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