Woodcrest Christian students, whose team projects won first, second, and third place in the 2nd annual Riverside Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEAPS) STEM program held this past summer, were invited to present their projects to the Riverside City Council on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
In the STEM LEAPS Mentorship Program, teams of students from high schools throughout Riverside County were challenged in the area of technology to pitch an idea that would assist law enforcement and public safety departments in their duties. Woodcrest Christian students made up all three of the top winning teams.
Two of the projects were presented by five Woodcrest Christian students to Mayor Rusty Bailey and City Council members, and included the following:
- 1st place project: Students proposed the idea of developing a device that would silence car radios when police or fire truck vehicles with sirens were approaching.
- 2nd place project: Students proposed the idea of creating a mobile app that can interpret sign language for use by 1st responders with hearing impaired victims.
The top winning teams were invited to participate in a mentorship program where they have the opportunity to further develop their project ideas with guidance and interaction from police, fire, and city leaders along with a partnership with Vocademy for workshops, hands-on classes, and access to high-tech equipment such as CAD, 3D printers, wood shop and metal shop machinery, and more. The top team previously presented their project at the Riverside Police Chief’s Breakfast to Police Chief Sergio Diaz and approximately a hundred guests. Students will present their final projects in April 2018.