Local Teen Named Finalist in "Awesome Idea" Contest

Metrolina Christian Academy Student's Idea Selected from 1,100 Entries Nationwide

Time Warner Cable announced today that Indian Trail teenager Grey McCluskey is one of four finalists in the Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…nationwide contest. The 15 year-old will now present his “awesome idea” to a prestigious panel of judges including inventor Dean Kamen and Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. at the FIRST Robotics Championships held April 25 -28 in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We are thrilled that a student from the greater Charlotte area is a finalist and will be making this journey to present his awesome idea,” said Mike Smith, area vice president of Time Warner Cable-Charlotte. “I am confident the judges will be blown away by the highly impressive invention Grey has dreamed up. It’s definitely cool and ironically will help keep kids cool.” 

McCluskey’s invention, called The Baby Safe Rider, is designed to help prevent infant fatalities in vehicles caused by hyperthermia. According to the detailed description and design McCluskey submitted, a mechanism would detect the onset of heightened temperatures while simultaneously recognizing the weight of a child, a vital synchronization, to help prevent a fatality. “I thought it would be cool to create a device that could save lives. In my mind, inventing something that would save even one life would be significant,” said McCluskey. He also added that the recent birth of his cousin Annabelle inspired him to focus on infant safety.

The Baby Safe Rider was one of more than 1,100 ideas submitted to the Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest jointly presented by Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds and i.am FIRST, founded by Black Eye Peas artist will.i.am. The contest challenged youth ages 10-15 to dream up the coolest invention idea to make their lives, communities and even the world more awesome, and to explore how math and science could help bring their idea to life. The grand prize winner will have their invention brought to life by working with Fahrenheit 212, one of the nation’s pre-eminent innovation consulting firms.

Next week, McCluskey will travel on an all expenses paid trip to St. Louis, Missouri where he will have the chance to personally pitch his idea to will.i.am, Dean Kamen, and other guest judges in front of an audience of more than 1,000 FIRST Robotics team members. “I’m really excited about the chance to present my idea to the judges and to see the sites of St. Louis. Since I have an interest in becoming an architect, I definitely want to explore the Gateway Arch while I’m there,” said McCluskey.

For more information about Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…, visit www.wouldntitbecoolif.com. Wouldn't it Be Cool If... is part of Connect a Million Minds, Time Warner Cable's five year, $100 million commitment to inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Learn more at www.connectamillionminds.com


Contact:          Dan Ballister

                        Director of Communications

                        980-275-0881 cell


                        Chris McCluskey (Grey’s dad)
                        704-962-7113 cell