Friday, October 08, 2010

A Flush Worth $500

Rotary representatives recently visited Starr’s Mill High to present the $500 check. Rotary Club members Karen Stephens and Pam Young (center) presented the check to teacher Jenny Kelly and Principal Audrey Toney as teacher Todd Little (far right) and students Casey Slaggert and Kevin Thomas looked on. Both Jenny Kelly and Todd Little sponsored the students’ entry. Not pictured is Carol Thomas. 

The old saying, “flushing money down the toilet,” might change to “flushing money from the toilet” after three students won $500 for their school with their medical toilet prototype, “Dr. John.”

Starr’s Mill students Casey Slaggert, Kevin Thomas and Carol Thomas came up with the idea as a project for the Future Fayette 2030 Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City.

The toilet is an improvement on a version that Toto, a Japanese toilet manufacturer, developed that analyzes urine, blood pressure, temperature, and weight. The improved student model also sends data directly to a physician who can authorize in-home treatment using nano-bots, all while the patient sits on the toilet.

The students won first place and each received a net book. A cash prize of $500 was also awarded to the school.


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