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CTYer Gary Leschinsky Invents Wearable Device for Allergies

Gary LeschinskyThird-grader Gary Leschinsky of Mahwah, New Jersey is a problem solver. He’s also an inventor.

To mitigate his own allergies, Gary invented a patent pending wearable device, the A-Watch for Allergies, which detects early symptoms of an allergic reaction and notifies an adult by sounding an alarm as well as via a text message. A-Watch has multiple sensors that can detect early symptoms of an allergic reaction such as itching, skin redness, increase in heart rate, and sweating. Using a GPS receiver, it can locate the child and the EpiPen. It also has a compartment for an allergy medication such as Benadryl so that it can be administered quickly....Click here to read more.

CTYer Ian Scheffler publishes book "Cracking the Cube"

Ian SchefflerWhen a CTY classmate challenged Ian Scheffler to solve Rubik's Cube in fewer than 20 seconds, he dismissed the task as impossible. But years later when a writing assignment lead him to the 2012 Rubik's Cube US National Championship—and a reunion with Toby Mao, his erstwhile CTY friend—Scheffler was drawn into the world of competitive Rubik's Cube solving.

According to Google's supercomputers, the maximum number of moves required to solve any of the 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations of Rubik's Cube is 20—otherwise known as God’s Number. "You can spend a lot of time solving the Cube, there’s an elegance to it, like a math proof," explains Scheffler....Click here to read more.

CTY Scholar Koi Germany wraps up five-month internship with NBC

Koi at summer programs.Koi Germany recently returned to Hunter College with a load of celebrity sightings to share with his classmates. Over summer break, Koi, a CTY Scholar from the Bronx, wrapped up a five-month internship with NBC’s Today Show, where he rubbed elbows with some of his favorite stars, including Seth Rogan, Zac Efron, and Daniel Radcliffe—a.k.a. Harry Potter.

A typical day on the job included getting coffee for co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, chatting with guests, and assisting with segment production. On one memorable day, he was on set while co-host Natalie Morales attempted stunts from Cirque du Soleil. “She was an amateur, which was cool, and kind of the point,” Koi said. ...Click here to read more.

CTYer’s app connects Alzheimer’s patients with their loved ones

Emma YangWhen CTYer Emma Yang and her family moved from Hong Kong to New York two years ago, the hardest part was leaving her Grandma. Not only did the move put a great distance between them; it made it difficult for the family to communicate with her, since she has Alzheimer’s.
 
“When we talk on the phone, she’ll ask the same questions over and over again,” said Emma, 11. “She’ll ask us how we’re doing and then ask us again like five more times.”...Click here to read more.