Teens Invent Backpack to Help Protect Students During Possible School Shooting
Cameron Klein, Colten Mouzin and James Hancock were inspired to create the backpack after a school shooting at an Indiana middle school last year.
Teens at an Indiana high school wanted to help invent something that could save lives during an active shooter situation and so they created what they call a "Lyfe Pack."
Cameron Klein, Colten Mouzin and James Hancock, who attend Rivet High School, were inspired to create the backpack after a school shooting at a Noblesville middle school last year.
The backpack is made with solar panels, lights and a bulletproof material, Kevlar.
“School shootings, as sad as it is, it is a problem today in our world. And you hear about it on the news, it's sad. But then you hear it happened a few hours away from us and you're like oh my gosh this is real. This is in our backyard,” Mouzin told WTHI.
The students decided to join the Innovate WithIN contest with their creation.
"We have fifteen layers of Kevlar. Kevlar is a bulletproof, stab proof, and fire retardant material. We tested the Kevlar right here,” Klein said.
They nabbed first place in the competition. Each of them received $10,000 for the invention.
The trio hopes to eventually patent their design so they can help protect students.
“If we can save one person's life that's a good enough reason to invent a product,” Hancock added.
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