CTYer Sahar Khashayar’s story shows how powerful tools developed by humans could combat a terrifying force of nature. 

BroadcomMoved by the devastating loss last year of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hills wildfire in Arizona, Sahar, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., engineered a device combining temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect heat, smoke, and infrared radiation that are the markers of fire. Sahar, 14, then programmed the device to trigger a message to a Bluetooth device if the markers signaled danger. 

For her work, Sahar took second place and a $10,000 prize in the Broadcom MASTERS competition last week. Broadcom said, “In the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, she has showed aptitude and skill in applied electrical engineering concepts in her science project.”

Congratulations to Sahar for her project that may some day safeguard heroes’ lives.