West Hempstead High School’s research students are once again state winners for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Education Contest. Solve for Tomorrow addresses the countrywide academic challenge of increasing students’ pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math education. Students are tasked with showing how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities.
High school students Hayder Jahangeer, Ethan Luong, Alicia Maria, Dylan Ramsahai and Farell Sanchez won $6,500 for submitting their idea to create a device that can detect basement flooding. The device will be coded so that it will set off an alarm and contact the fire department.
In light of recent tragedies in New York City in which people drowned in basement apartments due to excessive rainfall, the students felt compelled to engineer an apparatus that could help prevent this from happening again in the future.