Xander Shavers of Woodbridge was named the state merit winner for Connecticut in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Xander is a rising sixth grade student at Beecher Road School.
He submitted a brief video, “Raising the Bar on Chairlift Safety,” which shows how an electromagnetically triggered safety lock can help prevent ski chairlift accidents such as the one that happened to his family last winter. His little sister, while she was in a chairlift, turned to wave to him and slipped and fell 20 feet and broke her leg. His solution to improve chair lift safety also includes an audio reminder to riders to keep the bar locked in place until it is safe to open.
According to the 3M announcement, merit winners were selected for their passion, innovation, and superb communication skills. His video can be viewed on YouTube.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent