Ryan H. Wins Grand Prize for Digital Invention

Fifth grader Ryan H. has won a $10,000 Grand Prize and virtual mentorship from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) technology experts for his invention entitled, Early Wildfire Fire Detection Network, a wildfire detection system that enables firefighters to activate an app on their cell phone using a low-cost wireless field module.
TCS' Ignite Innovation Student Challenge is a competition open to middle school students (Grades 68) nationwide to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that solve problems and improve the world. Members from TCS and Discovery Education presented Ryan with the award on May 24, 2019. Watch Ryan's officially submitted video on the Student Challenge Winner Archive. Click here to read the Discovery Education press release. Ryan was also featured on KCAL 9 News on May 24. Click here to watch the video.

Ryan initally designed his heat-sensing device in his science class as a means to reflect his knowledge about electricity, part of the electricity and magnetism study presented to the fifth-grade science class earlier this year. His science teacher, Nadeane Cooper, encouraged him to submit his invention to the TCS challenge.

Recently, as a means to express his appreciation for his teachers, Ryan made a generous donation from his grand prize award toward the Pegasus Roots to Grow, Wings to Soar Capital Campaign. He says, he "would have never won the award if it weren’t for the amazing support that he received from Pegasus teachers and community.”

TCS, a leading global IT service, consulting and business solutions organization, partnered with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms worldwide, to launch the Ignite My Future in School initiative.
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