Because this week has proven that the world is, by and large, getting dumber, I have decided to turn to the next generation of leaders for inspiration. And I have not been disappointed. Here’s a round-up of some local kids doing some amazing things this month.
Bishop Curry V is a fifth grader at Melissa Ridge Intermediate whose name implies greatness. And this kid is great. After a baby died in a hot minivan last summer near his home just north of McKinney, Bishop decided to invent a device that could be attached to car seats to alert parents and authorities when a child has been left in a vehicle, and to blow cold air to cool the child down until he or she can be rescued. He named it “Oasis.” His dad, Bishop Curry IV, who happens to be an engineer with Toyota in Plano, set up a GoFundMe page to raise $20,000 to finalize the provisional patent, build a prototype, and find a manufacturer. As of today, the account is currently at more than $22,000.
Two weeks ago, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science hosted the ninth annual North Texas robotics tournament at Parish Episcopal School. Two teams bested all comers: The Techno Warriors from Coppell and Irving, and the Robomonkeys. The Robomonkeys is an all-girl team made up of three Plano girls (Meghan Shimer, 15; Juhi Agrawal, 14; Sidney Wang, 14) and one girl from Dallas (Margaret Woodberry, 15). These girls are badass. They learned robotics from YouTube. Both teams will advance to the FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) LEGO League World Festival in Houston April 19–22.
The Coppell High School Cowgirls soccer team has been dubbed number one in the nation. Not only are they undefeated, they have not allowed a single goal in 13 games. And they have a 45-0 scoring record. As senior Sarah Houchin pointed out, “Obviously, winning is awesome. And it’s just a bunch of fun.”