Thirteen-year-old Spencer Green, a student at Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, came up with an idea to measure the g-forces generated by gymnasts on the high bar.
He built a device that measures gymnastic movements and provides instant audio feedback on whether the movements were being done correctly. His invention he called “Sonfication Accelerometers for the Training of Elite Gymnasts” won him third place overall in recent 2017 California State Fair.
The Orange County Register chronicled Spencer and his invention. Spencer told the Register he got the idea for his project following the 2016 Summer Olympics and the success of hometown gymnast Sam Mikulak.
Here are some other education stories from the week ending Nov. 17.
- The Orange County High School Esports League, launching in January, is looking for teams from O.C. high schools to compete in a tournament aimed at connecting students’ interest in video games with the rapidly growing industry.
- A group of students from Sunburst Youth Academy got together as part of a class project and came up with four projects that help support education, fight hunger and battle inequality worldwide.
- Two innovative students from Laguna Beach High School formed the “Crushing Hunger Club” and instituted a food donation system through Amazon Prime.
- After suffering continuous harassment for her Jewish beliefs, a Hewes Middle School student organized an event to teach acceptance and respect for all religions.
- During their annual Veteran’s Day event, Don Juan Avila Elementary School in Aliso Viejo honored veteran’s with applause and accolades for their dedication and service to our country.
- Volunteers at Saddleback Church packed Thanksgiving turkey dinners for 875 Orange County fourth- through eighth-grade students who passed gang prevention challenge.
- Visual Arts students from Cal State Fullerton volunteered to help children from Jefferson Elementary School in Santa Ana with a project that grew out of studying historic murals in Mexico.
- Two former Olympic water polo players presented Sowers Middle School in Huntington Beach with a bronze trophy Thursday after students logged 169,350 miles of heart-pumping activity.
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