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Gresham students’ disaster assistance invention up for national Samsung award

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A Gresham middle school is receiving national recognition from a major technology company.

On top of national praise, students at Clear Creek Middle School also scored the school $50,000 in brand new technology for winning a contest at the state level.

It’s all because of an invention designed to help people caught in natural disasters.

"We just kind of call it the hatch," eighth-grader Sara Rash told FOX 12. "It's a design intended to save lives."

The Clear Creek students developed an escape hatch that leads from the attic of a home to the roof.

The goal: To allow people stuck in flood situations to get to safety.

It’s equipped with LED lights and an SOS alert system, which alerts rescuers and even transmits radio signals to guide them to the stranded people.

The team got help from a locally owned metal shop to build and put it together.

"The signal is powered by these batteries, which receive their power from the solar panel on the back," Rash said.

The students’ creation was picked as one of 10 national finalists in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest. Online voting is open at this link

"Those places like those affected by hurricane Katrina and Harvey are told not to go up into their attics because they can get stuck," Rash added. "This would go on top of their attics so that they could go up there and wouldn't get stuck so that this would flash an SOS signal so that people would be able to come rescue them."

In April, some of the students will travel to New York City to present their project to three judges. If they’re picked as one of three national winners, they will receive $150,000 in Samsung technology for their school.

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