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Greenfield School has two regional winners in the 2019 ExploraVision contest, which sought innovative ideas from about 14,000 children and 4,000 teams across the country.
Sixth-graders James Thomas and Rickayla Myles were presented with the award at the school on Wednesday.
Their award-winning project was a watch designed to help kids with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder take regular doses of their medicine. The essence of the theoretical device was to connect a watch to the delivery of medicine for the ADHD child. Instead of delivering a single dose of medicine, the watch would regulate doses in the morning and afternoon in order to deliver a steady amount to the patient.
“We are essentially an engineering and applied technology company, so we believe in STEM education,” W. Duncan Kane, senior vice president for Toshiba America Inc., which sponsored the competition, said. “We believe that we need to encourage the future inventors, engineers, innovators and dreamers. If we don’t start young, there are so many other distractions out there in the world that people can lose their way. They are really vital to us and to everyone else because dreamers essentially look at problems and find solutions that no one has ever thought of before.”
Kane said the winning students started a process of taking dreams and making them real.
“The creativity, the talent, the dreaming is just amazing,” Kane said. “Harnessing innovation is like capturing fireflies.”
Kane said those types of thinkers are good for his company, society and the world.
Some 24 Greenfield students were awarded honorable mentions for their ideas. Innovative ideas from Greenfield students included a spray on biodegradable wrapping paper, a dog collar that measures a dog’s temperature, an outdoor device to clean up the yard and a jon boat with wheels that needs no trailer.
All of the students in the first through sixth grade and one seventh-grade team submitted a total of 47 projects in the competition.
Greenfield science teacher Covey Denton was recognized as one of the top 27 coaches nationwide.
“These kids are just amazing inventors and they come up with problems that they see the need to have a solution for and they are so creative in what they can come up with,” Denton said. “These are the kids that are going to be he next Mark Zuckerberg or the next Steve Jobs or the next great inventor.”