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Palm Beach County students develop app to help Floridians prepare for hurricanes

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 19:15:16-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Three Palm Beach County eighth graders are getting national attention for winning a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition.

Their winning project, Hurrihome, is a smartphone app aimed at helping Florida residents prepare for and respond to hurricanes.

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The AdCap Challenge started with the question, "How can youth harness the power of technology to improve youth health and well being in your community?”

The Benjamin School School team includes three students: Jonathan Skatoff, Aadi Patel and Andrew Moffitt. They competed In Philadelphia two weeks ago against more than 100 teams from across the country.

Their Hurrihome presentation won them the grand prize.

“It’s a platform to connect people with hurricane-proof houses that they might not be staying there or they have extra rooms," said Skatoff.

Skatoff says he and his teammates came up with the idea after seeing how many homes in their community were badly damaged during hurricanes because of the way they were built. Skatoff says he and his teammates were all humbled by the victory and look forward to helping people in the future.

"These people really are interested in what we have and chose kids instead of adults to do something that can actually change the world,” Skatoff said.

Each of the three team members won $5,000 scholarships and an additional $5,000 from SAP to assist in further app development.