The Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC) was one of 13 teams nationwide to win a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Inventeam Grant.
The students received the award for having invented a system to sanitize firefighters’ boots to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases. They were winners in the health invention category and with the funds they will be able to build onto their prototype.
“It’s a concern for them because they walk through a lot of stuff. From all the calls that can range from fires to car crashes, they get everything on their shoes,” engineering teacher Carmen Diaz. “They rarely have time to clean them, and so we are trying to help them in that process especially in that era of COVID where they have to be more aware.”