Youth winners of a nationwide scholastic contest were honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the State House Tuesday, including Adrian Niles, a 17-year-old Brockton student who invented and created a stand-up automated transportation device similar to a Segway.
“What makes mine different from an original Segway is I have sensors here,” said Niles, pointing at a circuit board with proximity sensors and standing next to his machine, which has two wheels, a standing platform and handlebars.
The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School student said, “My first prototype took me two months to build.”
Niles received a silver medal in the NAACP’s national Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics in Florida.
“It’s mind-blowing how the young man has built his own Segway. I want to take a picture with him just to say that I know him,” said Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, who said the State House ceremony on the Grand Staircase is intended to show “this kind of activity and this kind of action is valued and is rewarded here in the community.”
Other Bay State youth honored by the NAACP were Jaydah Robinson, who won the gold medal in the local competition for dance, and Raven Guerra and Christal Lake, who won the bronze medal for poetry and architecture.
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