Portable homeless shelters, a vibrating steering wheel to alert drivers who may be falling asleep, an app to support people experiencing cyber-bullying and an app-controlled robotic snow plow. These are just a few of the problem-solving ideas that local 7th graders presented at the Innovation Fair on NDSU’s campus Friday.
The West Fargo Liberty Middle School students presented their innovation and received real-time feedback during a Q&A with the audience. The questions and comments were intended to help the students improve their ideas before submitting them to the eCYBERMISSION competition, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition at state, regional and national levels.
Other solutions the STEM students devised included a net that skims garbage off of lakes and rivers, touchscreens at bus stops, an elliptical that generates energy to power devices, a way to generate electricity from city water flowing to homes and businesses and other assorted apps and websites.
Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Lisa Gulland-Nelson, hosted the fair.
“These students did such a great job. It’s fun to see their innovative solutions to real-world problems. Authentic learning experiences like these are what will prepare students for the future. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a company or two come from this,” said Gulland-Nelson.
The Innovation Fair was held at the NDSU Memorial Union Century Theater and was sponsored by the NDSU College of Engineering.