TWO TEAMS OF students from Bruriah High School in Elizabeth won first place in two categories in the recent Innovation Day, a competition sponsored by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE), an organization dedicated to enriching the quality of education in Jewish day schools.
Shoshi Cantor, Rebecca Siegel, and Naava Groner won in the Commercial Consumer Product category and Chana Bialik, Atarah Mandel, and Gavriella Linfield won in Healthcare.
Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents from across the United States convened online, the evening of May 26, to recognize the ingenuity, research, and perseverance of close to 1,000 student innovators from day schools across the country. Students presented their capstone projects in several categories including the arts, assistive technology, hardware prototyping, environment and sustainability, and more. Their presentations included a logo, webpage, and video pitch.
Shoshi, Rebecca, and Naava engineered PRODUCT[tive] Retail Rack, which they described in their webpage as a “clothing rack that tracks consumer interest and catalogs it for retailers and designers.” Their invention qualified for a spot in CIJE Tank. In November, they will pitch their idea to Amazon product developers who will consider it for an investment and development opportunity.
Chana, Atarah, and Gavriella won first place in the Healthcare category for the Cardiac A-vest, which saves lives by providing automatic chest compressions to the wearer. It also checks the victim’s pulse and will stop compressions and sound an alarm when a pulse is detected.
Other N.J. winners were Daniel Brauner, Yakov Halstuch, and Zachary Jerome, sophomores at Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck, who placed second in the Arts category for designing the Not-So-Grand Piano, an electronic device programmed with an Arduino microcontroller that uses inexpensive parts to create a compact instrument that has the feel of a real piano.
In addition, a team from The Frisch School in Paramus won first place in the Personal Consumer Products category. Gabe Greenfield, Bayla Neugroschl, and Eytan Abramowitz designed an automatic soap dispenser with a built-in 20-second countdown.
The gallery of student innovations is available at thecije.org/innovation2020.