Student Steps into First Place with Innovative Idea

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Oldfield Middle School eighth-grader Danielle Barber recently earned first place in the Master of Invention category of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge for her innovative Footsy Faces prototype.

Barber won a grand prize of $100 courtesy of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals. Her product, a line of face stickers that are placed in shoes to help children know the difference between the right and left foot, came about when Barber assisted with swim classes at the local YMCA. Barber helped the children put on their shoes after their lessons and found that the children struggled.

“I tried my hardest to make the most unique thing that I could,” she said. “I was going through so many different ideas and this one just stuck out to me. I think it’s important because when I was younger it took me years to figure out which foot to put each shoe on.”
 
Barber created a three-minute video as part of her submission for the contest which showcased her invention and featured her young cousin. She wanted to show a child actually using her product to demonstrate how it works. Barber follows in her sister Alissa’s footsteps as her older sister won the Master of Invention Award three years ago.