A group of inventive students at Havelock High School has reached the finals of a statewide competition in entrepreneurship.
The students entered the N.C. State University Institute for Emerging Issues. Their product, called a SoleH2O, was selected as a finalist among 30 high school and college teams. Havelock High School received a $1,000 prize and could get up to $5,000 for product development as the winner.
The purpose of the competition is to create interest in manufacturing in North Carolina, according to a release. The students were tasked with creating a product that could be manufactured in North Carolina.
Havelock High teacher Natascia Carr broke her students up into four teams and each came up with a product. The class voted on the top two, which were submitted for the competition, and the SoleH2O was selected as the finalist.
The selection was based on clarity of the product, innovation of the product, and feasibility and evaluation of the team budget plan.
The SoleH2O is a retractable water bladder with a built-in monitor that measures heart rate. It was designed to be used by joggers or runners.
The user drinks from the SoleH2O, which retracts as the water is emptied, thus eliminating the sloshing effect in traditional water bottles.
The heart-rate monitor can be synchronized with an App on an iPhone or iPad so the runner can see the information and use it to adjust future workouts for maximum cardiovascular benefit, according to a release.
Carr said the students were able to identify a problem and create a viable solution.
"It was so exciting to see students from diverse backgrounds get excited about this process," Carr said in a statement. "They identified with the need for the product and were completely involved in the process from beginning to end. The creativity and spirit of the Havelock students was inspirational. I am so proud of them."
As part of the finals competition, the students developed a promotional video as well as a logo for the SoleH2O.
The finals are scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Raleigh.