John Ross Elementary students Taylor Menn, Adriana Moad and Charlotte Ruth, second-graders, were recently named regional winners in the National ExploraVision science competition.  Their idea of TeddyCare, a customizable stuffed animal that uses artificial intelligence to monitor and track important vital signs for children with fears, phobias or illnesses was one of 24 regional winners chosen from more than 4,000 entries nationwide. When operational,  TeddyCare would detect the cause for the change in a child’s temperature, heart rate, oxygen levels or other body signals and either notify parents or make simple adjustments to calm the child.  For example, if  a child is afraid of the dark and his/her heart rate goes up when they get scared, the TeddyCare would turn on its own light and soothe the child.

Student holds Teddycare (a stuffed bear with a light up necklace use to detect a child's illness).
John Ross Elementary ssecond-grader Charlotte Ruth-a finalist in the ExploraVision National Science Competition;o
John Ross Elementary ssecond-grader Charlotte Ruth-a finalist in the ExploraVision National Science Competition;