Genesis Franks was motivated by the suffering of other students to create a science project that would quickly warn school officials about bullying incidents.
The 10-year-old won the grand prize and first place in her category at the 24th annual Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition at Rose State College, also known as the Invention Convention, for her “Qwik Response to Bullying and Stranger Danger.”
“The purpose of the invention is to notify teachers and principals of bullying and stranger danger,” Genesis said. “My inspiration is the Newtown shooting in Connecticut; I did not want that happening in Oklahoma City or anywhere else.”
Genesis, a fifth-grader at Nichols Hills Elementary, said one day at school, she noticed two classmates verbally abusing another.
“I went over there and said, ‘What are you doing? I saw what happened. Do I need to get a teacher involved? Leave this kid alone, go play, you're wasting your time.' A teacher found out, and that's when it all happened,” she said.
Qwik Response calls for certain students to wear a watchlike bracelet with a QR code reader they can scan with a smartphone to notify the principal if they witness a bullying incident.