TechFarms Tech Bytes: September 2019

Tech news is always breaking in the Panhandle and around the world. Here are a few of our favorite recent local and national developments.

Gulf Coast team in top 3 in Ford Mobility Innovation Challenge 2019

Students on the Gulf Coast State College Enactus team submitted a device, ALT10, that uses radio frequency technology to communicate emergency vehicle signals to other vehicles more quickly and accurately. They are in the running for a $75,000 prize.

See the full story at my Panhandle.com

Walton 7th-grader in top 300 in Broadcom Masters STEM contest

A Walton County seventh-grade student is among the nation’s Top 300 in the Broadcom Masters, a STEM competition for middle school students. Aaron Wilmoth, of Walton Middle School, qualified for his project “Squishy Robots: Testing Prosthetic Fingertip Gripping Strength.” The top 30 projects will travel to Washington, D.C., and compete for $100,000 in prizes.

NASA opens ‘Name the Rover’ contest for K-12 students

In July 2020, the newest Mars Rover will launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Local students in grades K-12 are invited to make their mark on the Red Planet by naming the vehicle in NASA’s “Name the Rover” competition. Entries, with a short essay, are due Nov. 1.

Learn more here.

U.S. team targets mosquito-proof clothing

Tired of mosquito bites? So are we, so we’re excited about this innovation coming out of Brown University. Scientists at Brown recently discovered that graphene, a “super material” that is only one atom thick but 200 times stronger than steel, blocks mosquito bites when applied to clothing. Participants whose arms were coated in a thin film of graphic oxide received zero bites during preliminary testing.

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