CRHS STEM and IT students recognized at Internet of Things Conference
Innovative STEM and IT solutions selected as winning finalists
CRHS students recently traveled to Princeton University for the 2016 Internet of Things Conference, sponsored by the New Jersey Tech Council, and earned recognition as winning finalists after showcasing their STEM and IT solutions. In each of their respective categories, the CRHS students were among three other finalists, who were not from high schools or colleges, but from established companies.
Kate Miller and Natalie Smith represented CRHS STEM in the "Wearables" category with their "Talking Walking Stick," which allows visually impaired individuals to obtain audible location updates generated by their assistive walking device using modern RFID technology so they may more easily navigate unfamiliar locations.
Paul Kuntz, Zach Riley, and Matt Scull represented CRHS IT in the "Mobile Apps" category with "InstaVote," which is designed to allow individuals to vote in elections any time, any place, without the need to physically visit the polls. The solution is provided at a time when voter turnout in the last presidential election only reached about 55 percent of the voting-age population.
The students ran an exhibit demonstrating the use of their products to members of a crowd of approximately 200 engineers, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders, while compiling numerous contacts and resources for further development and deployment of their solutions. Beyond their exhibit, the students delivered a formal presentation to all attendees and listened to industry experts such as Hal Purdy, Lead Inventive Scientist of AT&T Labs-Research, and Jay Shapiro, Founder and CEO of Appmakr.