A team from Loudoun Valley High School beat out more than 4,000 other teams to be named one of five grand prize winners in the Solve for Tomorrow contest.
The contest challenges students in grades six through 12 nationwide to use their science, technology, engineering and math skills to innovate a solution to a problem affecting their community.
As part of their winning submission, Loudoun Valley students set out to find a solution to hikers and cyclists on the W&OD Trail who, when injured or attacked, try to call for help but cannot get through because of limited cell reception. They designed a wireless, solar-powered and weatherproof safety alert system that rapidly connects to emergency services.
In addition to new technology for their school, the Loudoun Valley students won prizes from Samsung partners BrainPop, Adobe, National Environmental Education Foundation and Nepris.
The students will visit Rep. Barbara Comstock’s office to receive a congressional record for their work.