EDMOND — A design by John Ross Elementary second-graders to prevent babies from being left in hot cars has led to recognition in a contest sponsored by tech manufacturer Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association.
The school took time during an assembly last week to recognize the students and teachers for their accomplishment in the 22nd annual competition known as ExploraVision. For the fourth time in six years, a team from John Ross won the regional competition. The award includes a Toshiba laptop for the school and a tablet for each member of the team, and the team will advance to national competition.
Students Elora Johnson, Neel Mandal and Ciara Newberry put together a video over spring break highlighting the issue. They noted babies can be hurt or even die when left unattended in a hot car with windows rolled up. Yet, with the proper sensor in the vehicle, such a tragedy can be prevented. The sensor would detect a rise in the temperature in the vehicle and automatically roll down the windows and sound an alarm that a baby was in car.
John Ross enrichment teacher Heidi Walter said the project was an idea that could “change the future.”
Neel agreed: “It’s a great idea to keep kids safe.”
The students’ video can be seen on YouTube, under the heading “hot car safety system.”
After the assembly, the students posed for pictures with their awards.
“This is so exciting,” Elora said.
About the contest
The purpose of the competition is to allow youngsters to have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
“Toshiba is thrilled to be working with this competition,” said Shawn Frost, district sales manager for Toshiba. “There are many teams that participate.”
If the John Ross team wins the national event, the students will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to be formally recognized. They would tour Capitol Hill and meet with members of Congress.
Schools from around the nation came up with ideas to help improve the environment and to aid in disease prevention.
Third-graders in Massachusetts came up with the Cancer-a-nator, a system to prevent, detect and treat lung cancer with 3-D holograms.
“These remarkable students are tackling real issues and envisioning viable solutions that could help affect change and benefit their local communities and the world around them,” said David Evans, National Science Teachers Association executive director, in a prepared release.