Multi-Sensory Fire Alarm, 2005 Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award

Written by on November 20, 2005 in 2005, Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award, Team

Multi-Sensory Fire Alarm

River Bluff Middle School
Stoughton, WI

Problem: Children younger than five years old and teenagers have deeper sleep patterns than adults that may prevent them from hearing the sound of a fire alarm in time to get to safety.

Solution: Combine water jets and a voice alarm contained inside a stuffed animal, to abruptly wake the child in a fire and direct him or her to safety.

At an awards ceremony held at Walt Disney World , two of the finalist teams received gold medals and savings bonds for their winning entries. The competition is geared toward middle school-age children, and gives students experience in solving problems using the scientific process of exploring, analyzing and drawing conclusions.


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