Auto-MAT-ic, 2005 Columbus Foundation Community Grant

Written by on October 20, 2005 in 2005, Columbus Foundation Community Grant, Team


Saddle Brook Middle School
Saddle Brook, NJ

Problem: More than 1.6 million senior citizens are treated in emergency rooms every year due to falls in their homes, many occurring in the middle of the night.

Solution: Develop a secure floor mat that automatically turns a light on for a set period of time when a person steps on it as they get out of bed.

The finalist teams were judged for the practicality of implementing their idea. The winning team received the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant to take back to their community to make their innovation a reality.


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