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October 22, 2013

Technology with style: Teen's iPad invention taking off

Providence student prepares to sell his Pad Pouch

JEFFERSONVILLE — Part practicality, part fashion statement, Ben Shahroudi’s idea just might be a hit in schools scaling up their technology use.

In just a few weeks, the senior at Our Lady of Providence Junior/Senior High School invented a new way for students at the school to carry their iPads around and also give them a little individuality with his Pad Pouch.

All students at the school use them for their classes, and as other schools make the move to get technology in the hands of every student, he said he thinks it could prove useful.

“Kids aren’t just going toward technology, there’s something new almost every month,” Shahroudi said. “I just think something new and cool like this could blow kids’ minds.”

Aside from giving students something waterproof and padded to protect their parents’ investment, he said it can also display images like superhero logos or video game characters, giving students a chance to express themselves while still wearing their uniforms.

But from concept to prototype, he said it’s been a long, interesting process.

THE DINNER PITCH

David Shahroudi, Ben’s father, said at the end of Ben’s sophomore year, he brought up the idea of the Pad Pouch during the family dinner.

Ben said his dad’s response was warm, but not too serious.

“He kind of responded like he would if one of the other kids brought that idea to him,” Ben said. “He said it was a cool idea and kind of put it off to the side.”

But he didn’t let it go. He kept approaching David with ideas and doing a little of his own market research, asking friends what he thought of the idea.

After several months of convincing, David bit and became an investor.

“It was his persistence to talk about it repeatedly and I see the benefit of going through the process just to see it,” David said. “While I still wasn’t sold on whether it would sell, I was sold on the idea.”

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Jamie Collins, Scottsburg, works on lesson plans in her classroom at Scribner Middle School on Monday afternoon. Collins was the recipient of a $100 gift card to the Your Educational Supply Store from the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Education Foundation. All first-time teachers in the school system received a gift card to help them set up their classrooms.

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