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On Friday, March 20, students from Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon will be participating in a new Virtual International Invention Convention. Talcott is working with Invent Future Global on this trial run that will connect Talcott students with participants from the UK and China who will be sharing their inventions. All students will be connecting with each other remotely through Zoom.

Talcott students Ariana Pourkavoos, a 7th grader from Avon, and Jasper Southam, 8th grader from Shelton, will be sharing the inventions that they created for this year’s Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.

Ariana Pourkavoos, seventh-grader from Avon, received multiple awards, including first place, 7th Grade Physical Sciences Division, for her device that helps dampen, measure and record tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. Jasper Southam, eighth-grader from Shelton who received first place for Applied Technology and Computer Science, developed The Pathfinder, a mobile navigation system to enable people to safely and quickly evacuate large, complex buildings.

Tackling Tremors

“Many people, especially among the elderly, suffer from tremor, which can prevent them from performing basic daily tasks, and cause embarrassing accidents,” says Pourkavoos. “I wanted to create an apparatus that could dampen this tremor, as well as create a method to document and quantify it, and to easily track it over time.”

Pourkavoos developed a glove to help dampen clinical tremors, and a method to quantify them. “This method could help doctors quickly and reliably quantify patients’ tremor and guide pharmacological treatment.”

In addition to receiving top honors, Pourkavoos has been nominated to attend the BROADCOM Masters, the premier national competition for middle school students. Broadcom MASTERS nominees are chosen among the top 10 percent of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade competitors at a Society-affiliated science and engineering fair in the United States.

Finding a Way

Jasper Southam’s project, The Pathfinder, enhances public safety in large, complex buildings by making it easier to navigate through them in emergency situations. “My objective was to create an app that safely navigates a person out of a large, complex building by using GPS and a voiceover to direct them to use the closest exit,” says Southam. “The app will also tell first responders where the people are in the building so they don’t have to frantically search and they can just go straight to them.”

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