VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Cameron Klein, Colten Mouzin and James Hancock are good friends. They're seniors at Vincennes Rivet and last year's Noblesville school shooting hit home.
Mouzin says, "School shootings, as sad as it is, it is a problem today in our world. And you hear about it on the news, it's sad. But then you hear it happened a few hours away from us and you're like oh my gosh this is real. This is in our backyard."
Hancock explains, "You've been told since kindergarten...hey go to school it's a safe place. Now, whenever you're in math class instead of thinking about those equations up on the board you're like what would happen if a gunman in that door right now, what would I do?"
The three students decided to make the LyfePack for the Innovate WithIN contest. The normal looking backpack sports a solar panel, lights, and...
Klein explains, "We have fifteen layers of kevlar. Kevlar is a bulletproof, stab-proof, and fire retardant material. We tested the kevlar right here."
Students tested the material and made sure that their invention worked. Thursday it won the Innovate WithIN contest.
Mouzin says, "I mean it's crazy that it' actually is like sitting right here and that like we won. I mean I never really saw it coming this far but here we are."
The students hope to get the device patented in hopes of protecting lives.
Hancock says, "When we explain the name of our LyfePack, the reason we have the "y" in it is because we're trying to find our 'why'. We think that this is our why. If we can save one person's life that's a good enough reason to invent a product."
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