Albemarle County Teen's Invention Gains National Attention
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A 13-year-old in Albemarle County is seeking investors to turn his invention to improve pitching for young baseball players from a middle school summer camp project into a business.
Nick Anglin is also getting national attention for the invention he created in a summer school camp. It even earned him a trip to the White House and a shout-out from first lady Michelle Obama.
Anglin came up with an idea to help young baseball players perfect their pitch. His invention, Strikey Sensors, is a grid of lasers and sensors connected to winding wires, programmed to tell a pitcher if it's a ball or a strike.
The lasers create a perfect 28-inch strike zone for young pitchers to improve their arm's aim. If a ball breaks one horizontal and one vertical laser, the green strike light illuminates. If a pitch only breaks one laser, it's a ball and a red light flashes.
Nick Anglin developed and built "Strikey Sensors" during a three-week-long maker camp at Sutherland Middle School last summer. The camp allows kids to get hands-on experience with computer programming, electronics, and engineering.
Anglin has won several entrepreneur awards with Strikey Sensors. The White House selected it to be a part of last week's celebration of innovation in career and technical education. First lady Michelle Obama even mentioned Anglin's project in her speech.
“There's a system of laser sensors that detect a baseball strike zone. For all you baseball fans, I'm sure that's very exciting,” she stated.
Anglin is perfecting the prototype at this summer’s maker camp. About 30 other students are also at maker camp, developing ideas that range from a t-shirt company to creating a smart watch from scratch.
“I think this gave them a different avenue to look at school. It gave them a place for them to own the work they want to do,” said Sutherland teacher Eric Bredder.
Right now, Anglin is looking for investors to help turn this invention into a product that could sell for about $120.