Adarash Mattu, Prateek Dullur, and Adityarama Chanadran, won first place in the 8th grade division of the U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION competition, encouraging students to find solutions to challenges facing their community.
After noticing the problem of flooding in the area, the team, called HydroPhysics, came up with an electricity free device that helps prevent basements from flooding, even when the power is out.
“Imagine you have a basement, if the water in the outside during like a flood, if your sump pump fails, water will come into your basement and fill the basement to the same level as the outside so our device encloses that water, lets it reaches the same level of the device on the outside so it won’t keep going,” said Dullur.
HydroPhysics was one of 7,000 entrants in the contest for sixth through ninth graders, and after placing first, each student came home with $9,000 in U.S. E.E. savings bonds.
The teens are hoping to take their device a step further by filing a patent and commercializing it.
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