Sixth-graders design ‘Smart School Bus Stop Sign’ to help save bus riders

Now a group of 19 sixth-graders has created a device to help drivers see exactly when and where a bus will stop.

Students at Holly Grove Middle School in Holly Springs, North Carolina, have designed the “Smart School Bus Stop Sign,” which uses technology to activate flashing lights and alert drivers before the bus arrives.

The device was a part of the students’ submission that won top prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Debbie Schelin, a sixth-grade science teacher who oversaw the project, said a mobile app tracks bus routes and stops, and it sends signals to stop signs as the bus approaches. When the bus is 400 feet away, the lights flash yellow, then red as the bus arrives.