Team Helios Includes Two Dual-Enrollees Plus Riverwood and North Druid Hills Students
The College of Business at Clayton State University’s recent Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (SEBA) brought together 21 outstanding high school students who concluded their week with final presentations in a competition where the groups of students presented product ideas they had developed during the week.
The competition produced some outstanding products, but none was judged better than the “Helio-Case” of Team Helios. If you know your Greek mythology, you know that Helios was the sun god, so it’s safe to say that Team Helios outshone the competition with its idea for a solar laptop panel.
Team Helios members were, appropriately enough, an eclectic group that included the only two Clayton State dual-enrolled students to attend SEBA 2013, Vinh Pham from Charles Drew High School and Allison Higgins from North Clayton High School. Joining Pham and Higgins on Team Helios were Riverwood High School student Devin Hall, and North Druid Hills High school student Nura Mohamed.
According to Higgins, their product, the Helio-Case, was designed to tackle the issue of convenience when using computers outdoors.
“The Helio-Case converts sunlight into a usable energy source that will charge a standard laptop within a few hours. It's perfect for adventurous college students, corporate professionals who are always on the go, and anyone who is both environmentally conscious and technologically updated,” she explains.
Sponsored by PEI, SEBA was a week-long, overnight academy with business classes, guest speakers, tours, team building, an etiquette luncheon, and many other activities aimed at preparing students for life after high school and beyond.
The panel of judges for the SEBA final presentations included: Jennifer Hargett, president, Accelerated Development LLC; Thomas Schroeder, senior attorney, Georgia Lottery Corporation; Roy Miller, Miller Property Investments, LLC and Monroe Property Investments LLC; and Dr. Gary May, Clayton State professor of Management.