6th Graders Win Regional Competition

6th Graders Win Regional Competition

Two Frederick County Public Schools’ sixth-grade students from Oakdale Middle won this year’s regional ExploraVision competition for their SIDS Smart Sensor design. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Riona Magesh and Sabrina Stadelman were the winners in Region 2, of 6 regions throughout the U.S. and Canada, for grades 4-6.

The students designed their invention to monitor oxygen levels and alert parents to get help to infants. According to the students’ project report, as soon as their SIDS Smart Sensor detects an abnormality in the baby’s oxygen level, it alerts the parents through their device or Fitbit.

“I am so excited that our students won this contest,” says Principal Mita Badshah. “It’s an excellent application of their STEM learning.”

This win is “a pretty big deal,” explains Oakdale’s Science Department chair and the student’s project coach David Friedman, “as there were thousands of entries throughout the USA and Canada!”

Riona and Sabrina’s win garnered a Toshiba PC for their school. The students will also receive a winner’s banner, plaque and technology/science-related gifts. Along with the other regional winners, they will advance to the national phase of the competition.

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the national ExploraVision competition to inspire a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement. For more information, visit www.exploravision.org.