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story.lead_photo.caption Tyler Duke, 13, and Mason Covington, 14, pose with the Baby Saver 2000 in this photo from the Arkansas Children's Foundation.

For the first time in the award's history, two youngsters received an Arkansas Children's Foundation honor reserved for outstanding service to children, the group announced Wednesday.

Tyler Duke, 13, and Mason Covington, 14, were given the Betty A. Lowe, MD Award after inventing a device to prevent hot car deaths, according to a news release.

The award is named for the woman who served as the Arkansas Children's Hospital medical director from 1977 to 2001. It was first bestowed in 2002.

In 2016, Tyler and Mason were inspired by their robotics teacher at Beebe Junior High School, Tate Rector, to invent a product that can attach to any car seat. They'd assessed national statistics and realized about 40 children die each year from vehicular heatstroke.

With assistance from the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, the boys developed the Baby Saver 2000. It registers the weight in the car seat through a pressure sensor and also keeps tabs on the inside temperature.

Once a car eclipses a certain temperature, and there's weight in the car seat, a sensor in the key fob engages the panic button to alert the car owner.

"These young men identified a problem that is a public health issue, discovered an intervention and then worked diligently to find a solution," Dr. Jayant Deshpande, the hospital's chief medical officer, said in the statement.

To take the product to market, the teens were given a $10,000 check from an endowment aimed at improving Arkansas kids' health.

Metro on 10/19/2017

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  • smmlv3
    October 19, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.

    These young people are shining examples of good use of time and talent. Hope they get all the rewards they deserve.

  • CartoonDude
    October 19, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.

    Great idea. But how about having the device automatically roll down the windows?

  • LR1955
    October 19, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.

    if the driver is not close to the vehicle, how will these signals reach the keyfob? And my keyfobs don't make noise so I'm assuming they're saying the fob would trigger the car's horn.
    This description doesn't seem quite workable.

  • Zepplin1
    October 19, 2017 at 2:20 p.m.

    the problem here is these 2 young men are smarter than the people theyre trying to help. if the parent is not responsible enough to not leave the child in the car, theyre not gonna be responsible enough to come running when the panic alarm goes off.

  • jmb003
    October 20, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

    That is great that these kids are trying to help the world. However, this idea has been patented for years. Google it. A guy at NASA came up with it ~2002

  • jmb003
    October 20, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.

    Actually it is even older than I thought. Patented 1991~1993