What inspirations feed your ideas for innovation? In this case, seeing a news report on a tragic death of a 6 month old baby let a young entrepreneur to create an innovation that could save kids left in the car.
Bishop Curry is headed into the 6th grade this fall. Its was a the tragic death of Fern Theford, a six month old infant, in 2016 that was the inspiration to innovate a solution to prevent this accident from happening again.
The temperature in a car can rise rapidly, and children left inside — even for just a half hour, even on a relatively cool spring or summer day — are almost immediately in danger.
Christopher Haines, director of pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, told WebMD that most parents don’t understand how quickly an innocuous errand can turn deadly.
“On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70 percent of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes,” Haines said.
In addition, a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, according to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Bishop went after the problem and figured out a way to save kids left in the car.
Through a series of prototypes, he came up with a solution. To raise the funds needed to move the idea forward, Bishop's parents setup a GoFundMe page with a target of raising $20,000. So far it has raised more than $45,000 and its still going.
To secure the idea, he has begun working with a patent attorney and has plans to build some early prototypes so that they innovation can be refined.
So what are the lessons?
- Don't let age or experience hold you back.
- Don't be afraid to try an idea because it might fail.
Hear it from Bishop himself in the audio from the show below …
More on Bishop Curry:
Bishop B. Curry, V is headed into the 6th grade in the fall. He lives in the Dallas Texas area with him Mom and Dad and younger siblings Isaiah (9) and Anistyn (2). He came up with the idea for Oasis when Fern Thedford (6 mo) died tragically in a hot car last summer. Bishop's ingenuity is God-given and to supplement what comes natural, Bishop attends an engineering camp every summer when school is out. When he grows up Bishop plans to be an inventor and an actor.
Press on Oasis …
- “11-Year-Old Texas Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths” on NBC
- “McKinney boy’s car seat invention alerts police, keeps kids cool when cars get too hot” in the Dallas Morning News