A Driver's Companion - Using Brainwave and Eye Blinks to Detect Driver Drowsiness
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Katherine Wu
North Potomac, Maryland
2014 Finalist
Takoma Park Middle School
7611 PINEY BRANCH RD
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910-5102
8th grade | 16 years old
Meet Katherine. Katherine’s invention uses brainwaves to proactively prevent drowsy driving. With her invention, Katherine hopes to inform people of the dangers of drowsy driving, so they can lead safer lives.

Katherine’s favorite invention from the last 100 years is the internet because it’s a network that has connected people across the globe and changed the world. “People share information, work, and communicate through the internet all the time now.”
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered the Young Scientist Challenge because I’m interested in engineering and I wanted to show the device I made. This device can help people. I want to show people this device and inform them of the dangers of drowsy driving, so they can live a safer life.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
Over the last 100 years, there have been many important inventions. One of my favorites is the internet. It’s a network that has connected people across the globe and changed the world. People share information, work, and communicate through the internet all the time now. It’s quick and easy to talk to someone over the internet who might live across the country, but would take much longer through mail. It makes knowledge more available to the public and allows news to be spread in seconds. With search engines like Google, it becomes easy for anybody to search up a question and learn something new. The internet has benefited everyone’s life by making it easier to gain information and communicate. The internet is something many people would not be able to imagine living without.
In 15 years I hope to be...
In 15 years I hope to be working in the STEM field. I hope to be working for a leading technology business creating cool, new devices.
I want to work in a STEM field. I hope to be working for a leading technology business creating cool, new devices.
Katherine Wu