New ideas come to some inventors spontaneously and without warning – illuminating the proverbial lightbulb that hovers above their heads.
For Danny, a sixth grade student from Ohio, his “a-ha moment” occurred when he was watching the news with his mom and heard about deaths related to leaving children in hot cars. It was a news story that struck a chord with him.
“At the time, my mom was pregnant with my baby sister,” said Danny. “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose her. I never want this to happen to her or any other child.”
So Danny decided to do something about it. He researched, brainstormed different ideas and even created prototypes. What he devised was a weight-activated, heat sensor that attaches to a car seat and alerts parents or guardians if a child is trapped in a hot car. He also came up with a name for his heroic invention: The Baby Saver.
“I discovered that these hot car deaths occurred when there was a change to the parents’ daily routine,” he explained. “Hopefully The Baby Saver can prevent these accidents from happening.”
At the National Invention Convention, Danny was named one of the Koch Young Visioneer Award winners. Along with a lab coat fit for a true inventor, he won a trip to the Molex automotive research and development facility where he could learn firsthand what it’s like to continue to invent as an adult.
“I learned things I can take back home to help me fuel my innovations for the future,” Danny said.
“STEM activities are essential for younger generations,” said David Dunham, director of electrical engineering at Molex and the leader of Danny’s Molex experience. “Working together as teams, touching real products and connecting STEM to real world activities brings a dimension of reality to the virtual world kids are growing up in today. It helps ground and develop them. Danny is already doing it and his depth of knowledge, maturity and technical capability is so impressive. He has a bright future.”
“I was very excited because I thought Nationals would be the last step for my invention,” Danny said. “But now that I won the Young Visioneer Award, I feel like it opens up a new door to my invention for testing and refining, and maybe one day getting it out there to the children who need it.”