Smithtown High School West wins grant to develop technology to help kids with autism

SMITHTOWN, Long Island (WABC) — Thirteen high schools across the United States have been selected to receive a prestigious $10,000 grant celebrating outstanding innovation and invention, and one of them is from New York.

Smithtown High School West was selected as a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam and will spend the next nine months developing a Personal Distance Monitor that is designed to help children with autism manage their personal space.

InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

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The initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

“The InvenTeams program represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these fields among youth.

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