Inspired by Pfizer scientist Rosemary Orciari , Pfizer partnered with Scholastic in the fall of 2017 to launch a program that encouraged children across the country to dream up potential solutions to medical and societal problems to help make the world a better place. The If Kids Could Cure contest asked kids in grades K-5 to explain a problem, design a solution, and draw a picture to illustrate it.
After receiving more than 8,000 entries from across the country, three winners were selected by a panel of judges at Pfizer. The winners were chosen based on the clarity, creativity/originality and effectiveness of their solution. The grades K-2 and 3-5 winners each received a $15,000 grant for their school’s science programs, and the runner-up winner’s school received a $5,000 science grant. The winners’ teachers received $200 worth of books from Scholastic and the winners each received a backpack filled with science supplies.
Grades K-2 Winner
Sofia Babaytseva, grade 2
PS 50 (Frank Hankinson School), Staten Island, NY
Winning idea: A digital application that would tell patients the current waiting time at their doctor’s office, to help reduce waiting times or enable patients to identify doctors with shorter waiting times.
Grades 3-5 Winner
Tucker Robinson, grade 5
Heartland Community School, Henderson, NE
Winning idea: An artificial intelligence stuffed animal for kids with diabetes that would detect blood sugar levels and give tips to help kids better understand and take care of their diabetes.
Brian Chen, grade 5
Toquam Magnet School, Stamford, CT
Winning idea: A wearable device for children experiencing physical bullying that would alert a list of emergency contacts to their GPS location when they are in trouble.