North Shore Senior Scott Soifer just received a United States Patent for his invention called a Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System aka VHPS. You may remember from reading about it on the NSHAHS website that last year that Scott won First Place at LISEF (Long Island Science and Engineering Fair) and Fourth Place at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) when he presented the prototype and research paper on this device. Note that a requirement to enter the international fair, a presenter must take first place at LISEF. http://www.nshahs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=452814&type=d&pREC_ID=1064904
A little history of his patent journey - back in the ninth grade, Scott was doing invention research by looking for problems to solve. He found that many children, pets and elderly are dying or suffering grave injuries due to being left in overheated vehicles. He then discovered that currently only reminder systems exist, but by then, it could be too late to avoid injury.
Working under the supervision of Dr. Runco and Mr. Weinberg, Scott began his first generation prototype where he used his electrical and mechanical engineering skills to develop a device that connects to a car’s electrical system via the use of a car key fob to set the device on. Once on, the device installed under the steering wheel would monitor the temperature inside the vehicle and the carbon dioxide level (CO2) exhaled. Once an established unsafe critical level was reached, the device would automatically turn on the engine and air conditioning to cool and aerate the car. This is the version he presented in competition in his sophomore year.
He then decided to find a way to upgrade and improve the device creating the second, and much smaller, generation version that is the award winning patented system. The on-board diagnostic port device is turned on automatically via a Raspberry Pi microcomputer built into the device. In addition, Scott developed an app that sends a notification to the phone of the owner and automatically contact the police about the conditions within the vehicle. In addition to the previous features of temperature and carbon dioxide breath detection, he also added a feature that would detect the level of carbon monoxide (CO) to prevent poisoning in the case of a clogged tailpipe or leaving an engine running in a closed space such as a garage.
Last month, Scott received the formal copy of his United States patent and has since been working to achieve international patents with each respective country where he has applied. Stateside, he received an Honorary Citation from the Nassau County Legislature for his amazing invention.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys long-distance biking, snowboarding and skiing, baseball and golf. He is on the North Shore varsity baseball team. He also enjoys working in the foldaway woodworking shop he built in his parents’ garage or in the electronics lab he set up in the laundry room or using the three monitors and 3-D printer in his bedroom. He attributes his love of robotics, engineering and woodworking to his aeronautical engineer grandfather. Together they built a bike ramp for tricks and a hovercraft. He considers himself to be both creative and an abstract thinker. That comes as no surprise!
He is graduating in June. In addition to making decisions about college, Scott’s long term goal for the Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System is that it would be made mandatory in all new cars worldwide. Imagine how many lives would be saved! Imagine how many more extraordinary inventions Scott will bring into the world! Great job! Congratulations!
Sophomore Eden Schneck has been invited to intern during Summer 2017 in the laboratory of Dr. David Thanassi, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Center for Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook University - School of Medicine.
Congratulations Eden! Great job!
Ben Gilman has been accepted into the High School Research Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer. The HSRP is a highly competitive six week education program for students interested in pursuing STEM studies. Specifically, Ben has been selected to work in the Computer Science & Mathematics Department.
Great job Ben! https://www.bnl.gov/education/program.asp?q=219
Arielle Rothman has been selected as a Winner/Honorable Mention for The American Society of Human Genetics 2017 DNA Day International Essay Contest. Arielle’s essay was selected from over 650 submitted essays to reach the final round. The announcement of winners will take place on DNA Day, Tuesday, April 25th. Please note: This is the 2nd year NSHAHS has placed in this International competition - Stacy Okin was an Honorable Mention in 2016.
Excellent work Arielle! http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday_winners_2017.shtml
Scott Soifer (Grade 11)
"The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System"
North Shore has 3 students advancing to Round 2 in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition! This is a tremendous honor and a very exciting opportunity for these students. Special thanks to the NSHAHS Science Research Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Runco. Students will be competing on March 23rd, at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.
Congratulations and good luck to:
Shani Kahan (Grade 12)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Majestic Backlink Exporter
Arielle Rothman (Grade 12)
Design of a Functional Assay to Induce Stem Cell-Derived Beta Cell Maturation
Scott Soifer (Grade 11)
The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype)
CONGRATULATIONS to Scott Soifer on securing this exciting internship!
This summer, Scott Soifer will be working in the laboratory of Katia Bertoldi, PhD at
Harvard's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.
BIG NEWS !!!!!!!
We have 4 semifinalists in the very prestigious national Conrad Spirit of Innovation Competition
Mazel Tov to:
Ben Gilman: BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Benji Kalmanowitz: The Heatstroke Preventers - Heat-Free Car (Life Saver): Second Generation
Noah Oberstein: BNGO Tech - PhishNet
Scott Soifer: The Heatstroke Preventers - Heat-Free Car (Life Saver): Second Generation
This is quite an accomplishment.
Also thank you to Dr. Lisa Runco, faculty member of our Science Research team for her excellent instruction and mentorship.
Take a look at the post on the NSHA HS Science Research Website: