CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A group of sixth graders in Charlotte created a flood level detection device and smartphone app to alert people when there is flooding in their neighborhood.
WSOC-TV reported that the device is such a success the team won a regional science completion and is headed to Washington D.C. on Monday.
A state of emergency was declared in North Carolina last summer due to summer floods that left the western part of the state under water. It was the worst flash flooding the area has seen in decades. This device was made to help better prepare people for situations like this.
The inventors, Felicity Keyzer-Pollard, Rishi Kulkarni and Louis Jorge, attend Providence Day School.
“The flooding is a huge problem in Charlotte and we decided it would benefit the community most if we tackled this problem,” said Kulkarni.
The students held meetings to create the app during lunch breaks at school for two months. After a lot of time and failed attempts they came up with a winning device.
“When the water sensor is activated by flood water, it sends an alert to the Raspberry Pi which has a GPS and WiFi transmitter attached,” said Jorge.
What could be considered a complicated process was made easier with the help of team work.
Their teacher at Providence Day, Barbara Morrow, says they all have such different skills and they work so cohesively that they are a great group to work with.
Their main goal was to design something to keep residents safe from flooding.
“We have a lot of heavy rain and sometimes that rain can get severe and we can get some flooding. It’s always really important to know where there’s flooding so you can avoid that area to make sure you stay safe,” said Keyzer-Pollard.