- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A $10,000 grant will help a team of Davenport West High School students develop a bracelet designed to alert a parent when a child is overheating in a car.

On Wednesday, the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology program announced the high school’s 13-member student group, called Endotherm, won the grant.

Endotherm was one of 15 teams nationwide to receive the award. The grant is part of the InvenTeam initiative which aims to inspire a new generation of inventors in science, technology, engineering and math.

The team’s administrative leader, Tuyen Nguyen, said the birth of her niece led to the birth of the bracelet proposal. She said she began thinking about children and older cars with bad cooling systems. It led to students researching the number of child deaths in hot cars.

“I think that’s what solidified what we wanted to do as a team because every single day we would check on a website to see how many kids have passed away, and every single week that number keeps growing,” Nguyen said. “That really pushed us forward.”

The idea is to make a bracelet that can measure both the child and car’s temperature, she said. Once the temperatures hit a certain point, an alert will be sent to a parent’s cellphone. If they reach a dangerously high level, the bracelet or phone will begin making noises.

The team will present their product at a June MIT event, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1EYxbZ9 ). Before the year ends, the students hope to have a bracelet prototype to test in January.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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