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Cabrillo Students Win Global Contest

May 2021

You may recall that earlier in May we shared a story about Team Shadowchasers — Sophia Shing, Sophia Watkins, and Avik Chervirala — who took on a record number of submissions in order to make it to the finals of the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest. Well, we happy to update you that they won first place for their idea to create a Mattress Alarm to wake up heavy sleepers who sleep through regular alarm clocks.

With supervision from Cabrillo teacher Michelle Scilingo, the students decided to use pressure sensors and specific coding so that the mattress alarm wouldn’t stop ringing until it felt the pressure release from the bed.

The students pitched their invention ideas to an expert judge panel consisting of education professionals, Edison experts, and technical/business experts in order to win 3D printers, science kits, and other fun prizes for their schools! The finalists were chosen from 205 teams representing 546 students from 24 states and 4 countries. 

Congratulations, team Shadowchasers, we are #SCUSDproud of you.