Alexandra “Lexie” Clow, a 7th grade student at Umatilla Middle School, won top honors in the recent State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida for a device she created to help keep children from dying, forgotten in hot cars.
She won 1st place in the Junior division for the Engineering category; a $250 cash award from the Florida Engineering Foundation; the $500 cash Dr. Neilson Ying Scholars Grand Award; certificate and nomination packet from Broadcom Masters, and Best in Fair for the Junior Division in Physical Science!
More than 900 students participated in the three-day event at the R. P. Funding Center in Lakeland. Participants had previously won at the local and regional levels.
Lexie’s project, “Forgotten Baby Syndrome – Year 2,” focused on Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke, which claims the lives of about 40 children every year when they are left behind in hot cars. Last year, she engineered a device to decrease the occurrence of these types of deaths and earned 3rd place in the statewide competition. The device detects weight in a baby car seat and ambient temperature, then sets off an alarm if a child may have been left behind in a hot car.
She continued her research for this year’s fair, and is now seeking a patent for the device she created. She has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the fees.
Other Special Award winners are: Brooke Buchanan – Gray Middle; Thalia Mullen – Mount Dora Christian Academy; Ryan Sanders – Imagine South Lake Charter; Sophia Boardman – Imagine South Lake Charter; Claire Classon – Montessori at Roseborough; Victoria Usrey – Windy Hill Middle School; Cole Kainz – Mount Dora Christian Academy.