Inventing inspiration

Carson Magee takes second straight Best of Show award at Invent Idaho competition

Print Article

Carson Magee, a fourth grade student at Ramsey Magnet School, talks about his invention, the BG Smart Watch, a wrist device for diabetes sufferers that includes the tools necessary to monitor blood glucose levels. The invention earned the 10-year-old first place honors at the Invent Idaho competition.

COEUR d'ALENE - A 10-year-old Coeur d'Alene boy's desire to make life easier for others like himself, people who are living with type 1 diabetes, has turned him into something else - a multiple award-winning inventor.

Carson Magee, a fourth-grade student at Ramsey Magnet School of Science, won his second consecutive Best of Show award for grades 1-4 at the Invent Idaho State Finals last weekend at the University of Idaho in Moscow. He also won the I Cubed Challenge award which recognizes innovation in the medical field.

Like the invention that won him a top prize in 2012, Carson's latest creation is designed to make personal blood glucose testing a less cumbersome task, especially if you're a kid who has to "poke" himself 10 times a day. For this purpose, Carson carries a small black test kit with him wherever he goes.

"At school, when I go out to recess, it usually falls off me when I run around," Carson said. "So, I thought of putting it into a watch."

From that thought, emerged the B-G Smart Watch, a combination blood glucose meter, test strip case and lancet device, the so-called "poker." The digital watch display is replaced with a screen attached to an electronic meter.

It also includes a game app based on the user's blood glucose readings.

"You could plug your meter into your iPod and download your blood sugars. If your range is normal, it gives you points. Those points would unlock doors," Carson said.

The game, in addition to being fun, would be motivation for diabetics to eat, exercise and manage their insulin properly, so their blood sugar readings are within range, about 70 to 120.

"That's what doctors want, and usually they (diabetes patients) want that too," Carson said.

It doesn't feel so good, he said, when his blood sugar level drops too much and he has to drink a juice to get it back up.

Carson's 2012 invention was a portable blood glucose testing device with a built-in alcohol swab to swipe the user's finger prior to pricking it for a specimen. That idea earned him a spot last year on a Nickelodeon television show, "Figure it Out."

He also served as the youth ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Inland Northwest Walk to Cure Diabetes last September.

During the Invent Idaho state finals last weekend, Idaho Sen. John Goedde read a resolution passed by state legislators last week in Boise. The resolution calls for an Invent Idaho Day to be held in the state capitol, with inventions on display. It also includes Carson Magee's name and some of his recent accomplishments.

This year, he plans to head to Washington, D.C., as the Idaho delegate for the JDRF's Children's Congress.

Carson's mother, Fondra Magee, said that her son has become an advocate, lobbying for research dollars.

"It's given him a platform," she said. "We feel very honored."

Carson plans to keep inventing, and hopes to one day find a cure for the disease.

"I want to inspire other kids to invent too," he said.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Drug worries growing like a weed

August 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d'ALENE — Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies are on the prowl for a drug called THC-A. THC-A is 99.997 percent pure THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets users high. THC-...

Comments

Read More

How to safely view the eclipse

August 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press On Monday, millions of people will be treated to the first full solar eclipse of their lives. Without safe viewing practices, however, those millions could potentially be seeking medical attention ...

Comments

Read More

Judge: Rape cases ‘remarkably similar’

August 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — Despite an objection from his defense attorney, evidence from an earlier rape case will be allowed at Billy Joslin Jr.’s trial next week in First District Court. District Judge Cynth...

Comments

Read More

Facts, belief clash during refugee presentation in Sandpoint

August 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — A sustained lack of basic civility brought an abrupt end Wednesday to a presentation aimed at informing the public how refugee resettlement works in Idaho and the United States. From t...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X