An 11-year-old Nashville student has invented a device that could save lives.
Andrew Pelham told Nashville’s WKRN-TV he felt compelled to do something after learning around 38 children die each year from being left in hot cars.
“I’m hoping if I can save one life with my invention, I can say that my invention was successful,” Andrew told Nashville’s News 2.
Andrew entered The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, which is held each year in Akron, Ohio, the rubber capital of the United States.
The only rule for contestants is that they must use rubber bands in their invention. Andrew thought it might be a great, cheap way to tackle his goal to help parents remember when they have a child in the back seat.
Andrew created the E-Z Baby Saver and won second place, taking home $500.
He used his prize money to buy a laptop and create his Web site.
The E-Z Baby Saver is a simple device made of duct tape and rubber bands.
The device stops parents in their tracks so they are unable to walk away from the car when a child is inside.
It is a strap that stretches from the back seat to the front and attaches to the driver’s side door.
— Info from WKRN-TV