As of March 24th students of all ages went to the whitehouse to share their inventions from the Science, Engineering, Technology and mathematics (STEM) realm. We would like to note a few of the students who stood out to us and show you a few of their amazing, life-changing inventions.
There were over 100 students who attended the fair, some being as young as 6 and some as old as 25.
1. Meet a group of girl scouts: Emily Bergenroth, Alicia Cutter, Karissa Cheng, Addy Oneal, and Emery Dodson, 6 (Tulsa, OK)
Daisy Girl Scouts FIRST Lego League Team discovered that some people have disabilities that make it difficult to turn the pages of a book. Therefore, they came up with an invention powered from battery to turn pages for people who are paralyzed or have arthritis. They sketched out a design concept, and gathered motorized Lego components and gears to build a prototype. The friction from rubber Lego tires is used to lift and turn the pages of a book. Then a second motorized component was installed that forced pages to lay flat after being turned over. The Supergirls’ creation was selected by the statewide FIRST program director to be the only project exhibited at an educational conference for librarians and educators in the region. What a successful group of 6 year old girls!
2. Harry Paul, 18 (Port Washington, NY )
Harry Paul has a condition. He has scoliosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spin that, when congenital, can restrict the heart and lungs from developing, as well as, cause growth and development problems. Paul has been through dozens of surgeries in his childhood to fix and straighten his spine, and from his experience came his invention: a spinal implant that grows with the child and can potentially cut down on the number of surgeries needed to fix the spine from dozens to about five. His design earned him numerous awards, including the Grand Awards of First Place, Best in Category (Bioengineering), and the Innovation Exploration Award at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
3. Nikhil Behari, 14 (Sewickley, PA)
Nikhil Behari is concerned with security breaches that have been happening all throughout the nation. In an effort to help with this issue, Behari invented a security system that analyzes how a user types and programs it into its memory.
He connected sensors to a microprocessor he had programmed to detect keystroke pressure, and used a separate program to measure action and pause time as users type. By analyzing data from these devices, Nikhil discovered that keystroke-based authentication is a potentially powerful technique for distinguishing and authenticating individuals. His device creates a secondary authentication if the users typing motion is not accurate. Nikhil won a second place award in Technology at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS national finals.