This month's inventor, Alissa Chavez, patented her first invention at just 14 years old! She wanted to prevent parents from accidentally leaving their children in hot cars. Her invention, the Hot Seat, is a pad with weight sensors that can trigger a loud alarm in the car and via a smartphone app. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico.
On the 21st, we partnered with ComEd for their Solar Spotlight event for Latinx Heritage Month. 72 high schoolers from across the city joined us to learn about the intersection of hardware, software, solar power, and urban farming by building self-contained grow boxes designed to grow more than a pound of mushrooms each week.