SciFest National Final 2023

Stand 31

A-OK, a Digital Communication Wristband for Students with Autism

Students Robert Brennan, Hugh Murtagh
School Coláiste Mhuire, Saint Mary’s CBS, College St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Teacher Eva Acton
Venue TUS Athlone

A-OK is a communication wristband for students with autism. We wanted to create a discreet wristband that will aid the student with autism to reduce anxiety within the classroom by offering a means to contact the teacher. Hugh has autism, so we both can relate to what it is like to suffer from these problems and this leads us to want to make some impactful change not just within our own lives but the lives of every student in mainstream schooling.

We have reviewed international research from North America and Europe and found that 72% of those interviewed said that they suffered in school with autism due to the lack of resources available. AsIAm also conducted surveys and investigations, one of them being called “The Invisible Child” survey which found that an astounding 70% of people surveyed had left school prematurely due to anxiety and sensory overload. This shows a major problem within the education system, both in Ireland and internationally.

The wristband itself was designed using computer aided design (CAD) by ourselves with the intention of the wristband being discreet. We used a bluetooth shutter button that would connect via bluetooth to Raspberry Pi. When pressed the Raspberry PI would receive an input and alert firebase to send a notification to the teacher’s phone. The app was built using the programming languages flutter and dart. The app will be available on both IOS and Android devices using a simple design to ensure no miscommunication in its mission.

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