This teen came up with a wildly smart invention to help his grandpa cope with Alzheimer's.

Meet Kenneth Shinozuka.

All GIFs via NBC News and Google Science Fair.


He lives with his grandpa. They're really close.

Unfortunately, Kenneth's beloved grandpa suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Within a few years of being diagnosed, his grandfather started getting up in the middle of the night and wandering off — once even onto the freeway. He and his family were woken up when a police officer brought him back (safe, thankfully!).

"It was very real and very scary," Kenneth said in an NBC interview.

Kenneth wanted to find a way to keep his grandpa safe. So he invented something awesome.

...a simple sensor that attaches to a sock and alerts a caregiver's smartphone if the wearer wanders out of bed.

Kenneth's invention is so good, it won him a Science in Action award from Scientific American.

The sensors are now being tested by patients in a nursing home, with some impressive results.

This isn't just a win for Kenneth and his grandpa. Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's.

Roughly 60% of these folks will, at one time or another, wander off.

Kenneth's simple sock device can keep so many of our loved ones safe.

Not too shabby for a 15-year-old.

For full dose of heartwarming goodness, check out the video:

And here's a little more info on Kenneth's invention:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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