A scientific innovation team led by three University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) undergraduate students was awarded the first prize in the recently ended 2022 China-U.S. Young Maker Competition Shanghai Division for their project Degage White: a brushless tooth flusher. The team also won the qualification for the global grand final of the competition to be held next month.

JI Sophomore Cheng Zheng, Yidi Huang and Berk Baykal joined hands with two students from SJTU’s School of Design and School of Medicine in the competition to present their team efforts designing and manufacturing the brushless tooth flusher. The team was selected by an expert panel  from over 160 candidates as the top prize winner after three rounds of evaluation.

Team leader Cheng Zheng takes a photo at Tang Junyuan Student Innovation Center.

The 2022 China-U.S. Young Maker Competition themed “co-making the future” is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China,  for the purpose of advocating young makers to start from the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, focus on the common challenges and opportunities of climate change and sustainable development, combine futuristic thinking and innovative design, and use scientific and creative ideas to generate green, inclusive and sustainable maker works.

Participating teams attend an online meeting of the competition.