S.L.I.D.E.: Solar Light Indicating Danger Ecologically, 2013 Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award

Written by on November 20, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award, Team

S.L.I.D.E.: Solar Light Indicating Danger Ecologically

STEM Science Team
Roan Mountain, TN

Problem: Playground equipment becoming hot enough to cause second- to third-degree burns.

Solution: S.L.I.D.E. – A solar powered warning system designed to detect playground equipment surface temperatures and to visually alert playground visitors when the surface becomes dangerously hot.

At an awards ceremony held at Walt Disney World®, two of the eight Finalist teams received Gold Medals and $2,000 per team member for their winning entries. The competition is designed for teams of middle school-age students, and gives the students experience in solving problems using the scientific process of exploring, analyzing and drawing conclusions.


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