By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A team of Atlanta high school students has won a $10,000 MIT grant to find a way to prevent children and pets from dying in hot cars.

The Drew Charter School students say they were drawn to the project partly because of the death of 2-year-old Cooper Harris, who died after being left alone in his father’s car.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reports the students plan to design a device that will sense when a child or pet is in a car after the driver has exited and, after a short period, alert the driver, bystanders and police. They hope eventually to secure legislation to require all new vehicles to be equipped with the device.

The students were one of 15 groups nationally to win awards through the Lemelson-MIT Program.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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