Audrey Larson is a 14-year-old inventor.
For past competitions, she’s created glow-in-the-dark pajamas and a device to pet your dog. But this year, after hearing about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, she felt compelled to focus on a more serious issue.
“It’s really scary to just think about, and that’s kind of what sparked that idea,” Larson said. “Some of my friends were having anxiety about being at school and I don’t think that’s fair to any kid.”
“It’s a foldable two-panel barrier that comes out of the wall for kids to hide behind in the event of a lockdown and, ultimately, in the event of a school shooting,” Larson told “GMA” about her invention called Safe K.I.D.S. The name stands for Kevlar-cellulose-nanocrystal-AR500-steel Instant Defense System.