Students Dream Up Ways to Change to the World with STEM
These future inventors competed for the best innovations to make their communities better
February 17, 2020
Get a look at the big ideas of the next generation.
For the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Challenge, middle and high school students were asked to come up with ideas to make a difference in their communities.
The competition is part of the STEM Leadership Program at Georgia Tech that is sponsored by Honeywell and supports software and computing education at schools in Metro Atlanta.
Meet this year’s winners.
First Prize – Junior Division: Seed Vault Defender
School: Trickum Middle School
Teacher: Jennifer Killian
Idea: A network of sensors would be placed near the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic, which houses seeds to preserve crop diversity. The solution would monitor and alert people to presence of meltwater, which is the water coming from melting snow and ice, near the facility.
First Prize – Senior Division: Tackling Obesity
School: BEST Academy
Teacher: Marlon Alfaro
Idea: A watch-like device that tracks “Health Points.” Users can award each other with points when they see others making healthy decisions, or lose points when onboard sensors pick up interactions with vending machines.
Impact Award – Junior Division: Baby Bath Safety Tub
School: Mundy’s Mill Middle School
Teacher: Karen Artis
Idea: A smart bathtub that tracks the amount and temperature of water to ensure the safety of a baby.
Impact Award – Senior Division: Street Smart Walk Home
School: Benjamin Mays High School
Teacher: Mariama Boone
Idea: The smart wearable supports awareness while walking and includes a motion sensor to detect others nearby, audio warnings when others get too close, and red flashing lights for visibility.
Innovation Award – Junior Division: Survival Food Dispenser
School: Smitha Middle
Teacher: Alissa Walens
Idea: An automated food-dispensing briefcase that rations out food during emergency survival situations.
Innovation Award – Senior Division: Fire And Safety Technology (F.A.S.T.)
School: Chamblee Charter High School
Teacher: Lucretia Gant
Idea: A network of sensors and devices that prevent human-caused wildfires by detecting fires from a distance and alerting nearby individuals to the threat.