One Cool Thing: Florida Kids Invent A Way to Prevent Flash Floods in Miami

Photo: Samsung

A few weeks ago we wrote about flash floods in Miami that flooded roadways and sank cars — Miami experienced more than 7 inches of rain — 6 of which fell in 2 hours, flooding streets across the city.  A team of middle school students invented a device that uses lasers that can be attached to thousands of storm drains to detect when a drain gets clogged.  When that happens the device sets off a computer alert in the stormwater management office so they can send a person to clear the drain — drains that are clogged in severe rainstorms are one of the main causes of flash floods.  These students were one of five teams to win the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest — their school will receive $100,000 of technology and supplies for their science classrooms.  And the team of students completed the project while working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awesome!

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