Beebe students built a device designed to warn if it gets too hot in a car for a child. (MGN Photo)
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
Every year, 37 children in the U.S. die after being left in hot cars.
Now, students at Beebe Junior High School are trying to keep that from happening.
The students met with Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday to present an electronic device they designed and built.
It attaches to a child’s car seat and monitors the temperature when a child is sitting in it.
When the temperature reaches 80 degrees, the device triggers the car’s panic alarm.
“It’s amazing. It’s just great and if we can get it to save one life, it will be worth it,” said Mason Covington, who designed and built the device along with Tyler Duke.
“Yeah, we don’t care what we get out of it. We just want to raise awareness to this problem,” said Duke.
The students won more than $60,000 dollars for their school and placed 10th out of 5,000 applicants in Samsung’s Design for Tomorrow competition.