Local student Knoll wins Inventor’s Challenge

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Alexander Knoll is photographed here on Aug. 21, 2015. The Ability App, created by Knoll, will help disabled people find disability-friendly businesses and buildings across the country.

POST FALLS — Post Falls' own young inventor, Alexander Knoll, continues to wow the world with his "Ability App."

On Wednesday, AT&T and the Imagination Foundation announced Alex, 11, won first place in the Inventor's Challenge. The Inventor's Challenge is an international competition for students ages pre-K through high school to create novel, imaginative and potentially viable solutions to a variety of problems. The creations included the integration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Through the course of a month, The Inventor's Challenge received more than 350 global submissions. Alex, a fifth-grader at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, came in first place and will receive a tablet from AT&T.

Alex's invention would make life a little easier for people with disabilities. The "Ability App," which has not yet been developed, would allow disabled individuals and their caregivers to search online for specific services and amenities at desired locations. Alex is quite focused on networking and acquiring the resources necessary for the "Ability App" to be developed.

"I want to provide people an easy place to access information they need," the altruistic Alex said in a press release. "Given the chance to create it, I believe this invention has the potential to impact billions of lives."

Info: www.abilityapp.org or www.imagination.is/inventors-challenge/

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