The Helping Hand
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Peter Finch
Harrisville, Rhode Island
2015 Finalist
Finch Homeschool
51 Sanwood Drive
Harrisville, RI 02830
7th grade | 14 years old
Meet Peter. Peter believes his invention, The Helping Hand, will prevent many accidents caused by senior citizens falling on the stairs. Meant to maximize the use of arm strength, The Helping Hand reduces the impact on joints like the hands and knees. Although there are electric chairs on the market to help navigate the stairs, Peter believes his invention provides a portable, efficient and less expensive alternative for senior citizens.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I think it would be an amazing opportunity to work with a scientist over the summer, I can hardly wait to see if that might happen. I have so many great ideas to help people. Getting expert help with actually making one of my ideas work as well as I imagine it could would be so exciting.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention would have to be either the PC or the generator. Both required a lot of innovation and thought and both have changed our culture drastically. I just love the thought that years ago, the British came up with the first computer-like device to decrypt Nazi communications. I would love to take one of the enigmas apart and study it. As for generators, it seems incredible to generate energy just by moving magnets through coiled wire.
In 15 years I hope to be...
Maybe an electrical engineer or maybe a software engineer. I'm not really sure. No matter what, I hope to be designing something.