Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spotlight on the Seventh Grade, Southwest Region, First Place Team; Surf City Smartbikes

Team Name: Surf City Smartbikes
Region: Southwest
Grade: 7
School: Mesa View Middle School
City, State: Huntington Beach, California
Team Advisor: Kathy Pirkle
Students: Bijan Afghani, Huongly Do, Grant Gochman, Zachary Goodale
Mission Challenge: Food, Health and Fitness

Team “Surf City Smartbikes” was recognized by judges for its construction of a safety feature for bicycles called “Smartbikes.” The device prompts the rider to buckle their helmet through the use of audible and visual aids. Once the rider sits on the bike, a buzzing sound is audible until the rider buckles the helmet. The team conducted several experiments to prove their device would increase the proper use of helmet safety. The students plan to present their device and findings to their local community in order to increase awareness of the importance of helmet safety. They are also looking to use their device for other situations that might require a helmet, such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

Each student on "Surf City Smartbikes" has won $3,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army, and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington D.C. in June to present their final projects and compete for an additional $5,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

To view the full list of the 2010-2011 eCYBERMISSION state and regional winning teams, click here.

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