WFISD Student Named Finalist In National Science Competition

WFISD Student Named Finalist In National Science Competition

Wichita Falls, TX - Our youth are the next generation of innovators. A Wichita Falls Independent student noticed an everyday problem for law enforcement and now has a solution to fix it.

One day Krishna Reddy, a student at Kirby Junior High School noticed a car swerving and wanted to know how police test people driving under the influence.

After doing some research, he discovered that law enforcement typically uses breathalyzers to test drivers, but they are not always reliable.

"I got a notebook for it and wrote down notes on how to improve the breathalyzer and how you can detect if a person is under the influence," said Krishna.

"I stumbled upon well if you use a guys pupil reflex, the reflex of the people when it reacts to light its constriction. It's a lot more reliable and easier to use than breathalyzer," said Krishna.

His invention may be the answer to that problem. Krishna entered a three-minute video into the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, explaining his solution, earning him a top ten finalist spot in the.

He came up with the idea as a seventh grader. It has earned him a spot as a Top 10 finalist in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

"The flashlight will shine on your eye and it will make your eye constrict. Flashing the flashlight you also record with the camera and has a slot for where you enter the camera lens. Then you upload the video to your camera and your computer analyzes it," said Krishna.

His invention is in its early stages, but with the help of 3M engineers may be the next new tool for law enforcement.

"They'll help me work on the project and help me refine it and it's a great opportunity for me to learn more," said Krishna.

Krishna will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota in October to compete in the final round of competition. He has a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6