March 8, 2013. Retrieved online March 11, 2013 from Alta LeCompte, Las Cruces Bulletin
Students solve real-world problems and develop prototypes
Two teams from Ruidoso High School came out on top when students from throughout New Mexico vied for honors and scholarships at the 10th annual Innoventure competition sponsored by the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University.
This year, contestants were challenged to study how an everyday object functions and figure out a way to make the object more useful, useful for more people or find new uses for it, said program director Marie Borchert.
In the competition held Friday, March 1, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, the judges selected the Innewvations team for top honors, based on the team’s idea, feasibility and presentation.
Team members Caroline Allen and Kaylee Aguilar said they were motivated by news reports of infants who died when left alone in closed vehicles. They designed a child safety seat with a pressure sensor that sends an alarm signal to a receiver on the driver’s key chain if a child is accidentally left in the seat.
They said they continued to work on their design right up until deadline, adding another safety feature that would prevent the seat from tipping forward.
In addition to designing the prototype, they created a marketing plan for the product which relied heavily on a website and Facebook.
Another team from Ruidoso High School, 5 Star Kitchens, won the People’s Choice Award. Their project was a food storage container with both chilled and room temperature compartments, designed for people living in very small spaces.
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