Local students national finalists after developing school safety app

Local students develop school safety app (WKRC)

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Some local students are national finalists in a contest to develop an app for a major electronics company.

They found a way to improve safety at their school. School shootings such as the one at nearby Madison High School were fresh in the minds of students at Ross High. They've experienced their own emergencies, like an evacuation due to a suspicious package. It gave students in the Butler Tech-Ross High School computer and information technology class an idea. They developed an emergency notification app: Protection Prep.

Protection Prep alerts students, staff, and police to a possible active shooter, bomb threat, fire, or weather emergency. So for example, if a student spots another student with a weapon or there's fight in the hallway or a fire in a garbage can, a student could just pull out their phone and hit the app. The app can also detect gunshots in any area of the school. It also provides a guide for first responders.

The Butler Tech-Ross project is one of the finalists for a national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, encouraging students to solve issues in their community. The app could end up saving many lives in the future.

Ross is one of the ten national finalists competing for a $150,000 grand prize. Social media voting is open to the public by posting the hashtag, "#SamsungSolveRHS" on Twitter or Instagram.

Students will next present their project to judges in New York.

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