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CAMS Students Earn National MIT Grant

The California Academy of Mathematics and Science recently earned a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam® grant to create its invention of a child drowning prevention device. CAMS is one of only eight high schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year.

The CAMS InvenTeam is creating the Swim Monitor, a wearable anti-drowning wristband that works with an external smart-phone app to detect and notify when someone is at risk of drowning in beaches or pools. The device is designed for parents with children ages 6 and up.

“With its sensors, the Swim Monitor regularly monitors the child's oxygen levels and pulse readings while they swim,” states the CAMS InvenTeam website. “When irregularities are detected, indicating the child is in potential danger, the Swim Monitor sends an alert to the app and deploys the onboard wrist-mounted flotation device to keep the child buoyant until help arrives.”

CAMS recently ranked No. 1 among magnet high schools statewide according to niche.com’s new list of California’s top high schools.

InvenTeam is a competitive national grant program administered by the Lemelson-MIT program, a sponsored program within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A number of $10,000 grants are given to teams of high school students across the U.S. who are tasked with identifying a real-world problem and developing a technological invention as a solution.

Teacher Theodore Harder, the lead mentor of the CAMS InvenTeam, initiated the InvenTeam application process last spring and worked with the students over the summer to prepare the final proposal.

Over the next few months, the team will continue working on their device in anticipation of EurekaFest™, an invention celebration in June, where the team will present their final prototype. To date, 12 U.S. patents have been issued for projects stemming from past InvenTeam projects. 

If you would like to show your support, the CAMS InvenTeam will showcase their current prototypes at the Mid Grant Technical Review scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22 at CAMS. The event is open to the public and the team welcomes the local community to attend and provide feedback. To RSVP, please visit bit.ly/3FlgwSO.

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