Andrew Pelham, an 11 year old boy from Brentwood, Tennessee is a young inventor already taking strides to saving lives. He created what he calls the E-Z Baby Saver, a device designed to remind parents that their child is in the backseat, so they won’t leave him/her in the dangerous heat. What enticed Andrew to come up with such an invention, was that he had been looking for a contest to enter, (which is something he likes doing) and found the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, based in Akron, Ohio, rubber capital of the United States. Contestants had to use rubber bands in their invention. After hearing both a story about a baby boy who died after being left in the back of his mom’s minivan, and the alarming fact that an average of thirty-eight children die every year from being left in the heat of a vehicle, Andrew wanted to make something that could help.
Andrew developed a strap that fastens from the back seat and stretches across the front seat, hindering the driver from getting out of the car without removing the strap, which is a reminder that the baby is in the back seat. With his extremely useful invention, Andrew took home second place, winning $500, which he used to buy a laptop and create a website dedicated to the Baby Saver. The website even provides instructions on how to make your own! Andrew Pelham’s creation is original, and something that will potentially help save children’s lives. “I’m hoping if I can save one life with my invention, I can say that my invention was successful,” says Andrew. He’s definitely a young inventor to watch for in the future! To view the article, or watch the video, click here.