PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two local eighth-graders are proving that innovation can happen at any age. Their inventions are gaining national attention.
Alaina Gassler and Rachel Bergey recently won top prizes in the Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars competition.READ MORE: Man Killed In Road Rage Shooting In Springfield Identified, Authorities Say
On Thursday, Alaina explained her invention at the Independence Blue Cross Center For Innovation which helped her bring home the grand prize of $25,000.READ MORE: Portion Of Interstate 95 Southbound In Delaware County Closed Due To Crash Investigation
“My science project was titled ‘Improving Automobile Safety By Removing Blind Spots,'” Alaina said. “The basic design was there was a web camera on the outside of the pillar and it was getting everything that was behind the pillar and then it sent it to a projector that was over the driver’s head and the video feed would then project onto the ‘A’ pillar.”MORE NEWS: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To Be Sworn In As First Black Woman On Supreme Court
The other young inventor developed a spotted lanternfly trap made of tinfoil and netting.