These 3 High School Girls Invent An Ingenious Straw That Detects Date Rape Drugs

They solved a major campus problem!

These 3 High School Girls Invent An Ingenious Straw That Detects Date Rape Drugs
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According to the Department of Justice, among undergraduate college students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. 

When Susana Cappello, Carolina Baigorri, and Victoria Roca, three friends who attended Gulliver Preparatory school in Miami, Florida learned of this fact, they knew they had to take action. They understood that this was one of the most important modern age issues and something had to be done regarding the same. They decided to make a product for an entrepreneurship class with one goal in mind: reduce the date rape statistics.

They faced an uphill battle, from product failures to taunts from classmates, but these three teenagers were passionate about their project. They persevered, went on to win first place in the Business Plan Challenge at their school, with one judge calling their idea brilliant. 

Read on to discover what their deceptively simple solution is. It might make a huge difference when it comes to a serious threat to young people today. 

The Smart Straw 

The Smart Straw 

The girls called their winning design the Smart Straw. The concept behind it was simple. Make a straw that when inserted into a drink, would indicate whether the drink had been spiked with the most common date rape drugs. The straw is designed to work with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. 

Do you want to know how this straw was actually invented? Well, read on!

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Started by doing some research.

Started by doing some research.
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The trio started by doing some research on date rape drugs. What was the conclusion derived? Have a look at the results of the research. 

They found that...

They found that...
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They found that Rohypnol, also called roofies, and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also called liquid ecstasy, and ketamine, also known as Special K are overwhelmingly the most commonly used in sexual assaults. 

They then set out to develop a device that would test, but not contaminate, the drink. 

The first idea

The first idea

The girls' first idea was to put the tests into some type of jewellery. However, their classmates did not give much encouraging reactions to the same. Then they decided something else!

They switched to straws.

They switched to straws.
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They finally settled on straws, because they are portable and they would be inexpensive to make. 

The structure

The structure
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The straws have two test strips built into them. Now, let's see how it works!

What does blue signify?

What does blue signify?
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When inserted into a drink, if there are drugs present, the strips will turn a navy blue color.

Don't you think such an innovative device should be patented! Well, let's see what did the girls do. 

Did they file for a patent?

Did they file for a patent?
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The girls have filed for a patent, and are in talks with a test kit maker about potentially making the product for them. 

Staying Safe  

Staying Safe  
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Being a woman and looking at the higher number of rape cases, the girls felt an utter need to tie-up with certain prone locations and other organisations.

They wish to partner with bars.

They wish to partner with bars.
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The girls are willing to partner with bars, sororities, fraternities and other student organizations that host parties to easily stock and hand out Smart Straws.

With campus health clinics.

With campus health clinics.
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They also said that campus health clinics could distribute these straws, along with literature about ways to stay safe. 

They have already worked on the business plan. 

They have already worked on the business plan. 
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The girls have worked on their business plan and honed their pitch in class. They concede that their first few presentations were terrible, but they haven't let that discourage them. They've proposed a crowdfunding campaign to fund their venture. Regardless of the outcome, it has been a great learning experience. 

These girls know it's not an only solution to stop everything wrong!

These girls know it’s not an only solution to stop everything wrong!
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"We know it's not a solution because it can't end rape, but we were hoping to lower the amount of rape and dangerous situations you might be in through drugs," Baigorri said. 

Bravo, girls!

Bravo, girls!

These girls have created something really amazing. Don't you agree? Well, the next is the video clip of the same invention. Don't miss to watch it!

And here they go!

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Updated by:

Sakshi Kasat

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