Meet the Leonardo da Vincis of tomorrowApr. 6, 2016
Erez Indivo, a young teacher at the ORT Alon School in northern Israel, suffered a fatal heart attack during his morning jog five years ago.
Seniors at ORT Alon, part of the Israel Sci-Tech schools network, had Indivo in mind this year when they developed a sensor-embedded mobile phone application that monitors and warns about impending cardiac arrest.
This project was among 56 Sci-Tech student presentations at ORT’s annual Young Engineers Conference and Competition, held in February at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The projects covered robotics, artificial intelligence, the environment, bio-medicine and helping the disabled.
This was not just a regular high school science fair; a few of the most outstanding inventions are being further developed through partnerships with professional entities, such as the Israel Electric Company, and venture capitalists.
Among the projects are a microbiological water filter to be used by a Polish corporation at a desalination plant in Nigeria; a computer program that converts hand signals to speech; and a helmet attachment developed with the Israel Air Force to monitor pilots for loss of consciousness.