Talk Tuesday: Young Innovators Creating Change

Today is the launch of a new blog series called, Talk Tuesday. One Tuesday a month, we seek to feature change makers, who are making a difference in society by “walking the talk.” It is like Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” The leaders included in the series, are those who recognize a problem and seek to create a plausible solution that enhances a person’s quality of life. They are paving the way to a more inclusive society for those with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Let’s shine a spotlight on this month’s change makers; Savannah Summers, Jwanna Yaqub, and Amaya Santana. These young innovators are freshmen at Design Tech High School in California. Knowing the difficulty counting money poses for those with visual impairments, the students wanted to think of a way these individuals could be self sufficient with money, while not being taken advantage of by others. Savanna Summers has a visually impaired family member, which created a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by people with a visual disability.
Developing wearable technology that helps blind and visually impaired individuals, these students are changing lives. Specifically, the invention is an arm band that can sense the denomination of paper currency. The band has a sensor that can detect the color variations between one and five dollar bills when it is run across the surface. Once scanned, there is a tune played signifying the denomination. The invention was brought about through the development of a program by Design Tech High School and Oracle Education Foundation. The aim of the program is to engage female students in technology and engineering.
Great job in walking the talk!

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