South Adams Middle School working to improve society

The school won the statewide portion of Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow competition, which encourages schools to use STEM skills to solve real-world issues.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 4:15 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 6:25 AM

BERNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - When people think of innovation they’re likely not to think of looking inside a middle school, but here at South Adams, there’s innovation in progress.

Kim LeFever’s STEM club at South Adams is doing just that, trying to solve some societal problems using technology and innovation.

LeFever said, "it great to see them use technology for good and to see them to be able to apply it to something other than video games."

After their buggy safety project won them the state portion of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest last year, they wanted to do one better.

There plan? To develop an app on your phone to see what roads have been plowed in the winter.

The idea was put forward by 8th grader Nate White, whose dad helped come up with the idea while they were driving home last winter.

Nate explained, "you know how there’s ice trucks and snow plows and half the time we don’t know where they’re going, so you could maybe use the tracking devices that they have or put a tracking device on their trucks so they could see where the ice and snow trucks have been."

"I was worried it was going to be very difficult. I think it’s a great idea and was excited about the idea," LeFever said of her initial reaction to the idea.

The group is working hard to learn the skills to develop the app. 7th grader Raven Ford is looking forward to the good the app could do since traffic accidents increase during the winter time.

"I think it is a really efficient idea and it could help save lives. It could help reduce the number of accidents during the icy period," Ford said.

The club has a month to develop the app prototype and submit a video to Samsung outlining the project, but they’re confident it can be done

White believes they have what it takes to go all the way, saying "I think we could make it to the national finals this year."

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