Stephanie Cho ’20, Coco Kaleel ’20 and Jenna Kronenberg ’20 won a research grant from Archer School to create an app to test eye contact with autistic children.
The three students, all members of the robotics team, were awarded $1875 dollars to work on any project they wished. They came up with the idea of developing an interactive app that would check the eye contact of autistic children.
Autism, a common disorder that personally affects many members of the school community, whether directly or indirectly, is known to stunt the development of social skills, many of which are communicated through the eyes.
The trio will code an app that will allow autistic children to practice holding eye contact, and they will record whether it helps them maintain eye contact in real life.
The final due date for the project is May 19.