"We will develop a self-sustaining alert system that detects rip currents in the Great Lakes and warns people of the danger. Present warning systems are merely predictions based only on general water and weather conditions, while our device detects the actual presence of rip currents in specific locations. Due to its potential to save lives, both public and private beaches are interested in employing our invention. This patentable device, contained in a buoy, will be powered by solar energy, be easily transportable, and cost effective."
Williamston High InvenTeam
This morning at 11:30 am, the Williamston High School InvenTeam will share their ORCA project with the President! President Obama will host the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.
The Williamston InvenTeam is a group of 11 Williamston High School students. They received a $10,000 grant funded by the Lemelson Foundation and administered by MIT for their project. They have invented a solar powered rip current alert system for the Great Lakes.
The invention is called the "Offshore Rip Current Alert (ORCA) System."
This year’s Science Fair will showcase students projects such as economically-viable algae biofuel, a robot that paints with watercolor, a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.
Watch the presentation LIVE from the White House at:
To learn more about the White House science fair, check out the video above, and be sure to tune in Monday, April 22 starting at 11:30 am EDT, CLICK HERE, to watch the event live.