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John Ross Elementary second-graders in Edmond win contest for cool concept

Second-graders at Edmond’s John Ross Elementary won the regional event in the ExploraVision program.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: April 2, 2014
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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.”

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