High school entrepreneurs show off their skills at STEMed event

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some smart high school students got their chance this weekend to show off creativity and ingenuity with inventions and business prowess.

A month-long program called “STEMpreneur” wrapped up its activities Sunday evening at the Capital Factory in Downtown Austin. While some students participating in the program spent their time learning how to code and program, others spend the last three days developing a start-up business from scratch.

Quinn B., one of the many students at the event came up with an idea on how to keep cyclists safe while telling them where to go.

“We believe that too many people are using their smartphones and devices while cycling in the city because they don’t know where they’re going. So we created a way to actually interpret map directions without distracting,” said Quinn.”What this does, it actually goes around your ankle and it actually has pager .. the same thing that makes your phone vibrate when you get a text message.. so it actually applies vibration and pressure whatever direction you need to turn into.”

Quinn also says the device, called The Turn, could end up helping those that are visually impaired get directions.

“When we first came to the idea for this program the goal was to provide students in the area that really want to have an opportunity to expand their knowledge base and their experiences beyond what they get in the classroom, and give them something that’s going to challenge them.” said Ripal Nathuji, the president and co-founder of STEMed Labs.

Nathuji says that they are excited about working in the Austin community, and hope to continue these STEMed events in the future.

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