Bill Nye the Science Guy and four students from Salem, Ore. spoke from Washington, D.C. about technology of the future on Friday's KING 5 Morning News.
Diego Tejeda Zwerdling, Bridget Hall, Dylan l'Anson-Yount and Eliza Loewen-Thomas, fifth graders at Chapman Hill Elementary School, took first place in ExploraVision, a science and technology competition. The contest challenges youth to design an invention that will come into existence in the next 20 years.
The Oregon students invented a "Smart Moves Suit," a full-body flexible suit that uses technology to reduce the risk of falling.
As ExploraVision winners, the students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the ExploraVision Awards Weekend. They also received scholarship money for college tuition.
"I was exposed to science certainly before I was three years old -- and look, I'm fine," Nye said. "You want to get people excited about it as soon as you can."
Around 16,000 students competed in ExploraVision this year. More than 300,000 people have been involved in the competition since its inception in 1992.