6th grader, family wins $20K for car seat invention

Written by on June 11, 2020

Posted June 5, 2020 6:15 a.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2020 8:23 a.m. EDT

 — Last year, 12-year-old Lydia Denton heard about the death of a baby in a hot car. It caught her attention. With her siblings, Denton decided to come up with an invention to try to prevent other baby deaths.

With her family, Denton created a “Beat the Heat Car Seat,” an affordable car seat with a pressure pad and heat sensor. The family made a system using a $60 kit and the oldest brother’s coding skills and tested it on their pet cat.

If a baby is left inside a hot car, the car seat sensor sends a text to the parent warning them they needed to head back to their car. If they don’t, the system will call 911 and provide a GPS location.

The Denton family entered the machine in several contests with no luck. Then, Denton found out about the Citgo challenge to promote science, technology, engineering and math.

“Why not just enter that and test our luck?” she said.



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