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Stamford Kids' Sneaker Wins Design Award

STAMFORD, Conn. — Do your kids pester you to buy Jordan sneakers ? Someday they may be agitating non-stop for a pair of Rose-ay’s Transformers designed by students at Stamford’s Academy of Information, Technology & Engineering .

The nine-student team developed a sneaker that can morph into other types of shoes with the help of a zipper and Velcro attachments.

“You’d be beating all of the other brands” with this shoe, said team member Roosevelt Theodore, after whom the sneaker is named. The group also includes Jessica Vanderheyden, Taylor Matsuyama, Marcus Blair, Arlene Blum, Chris DeVeaux, Katherine Zeman, Jake Maiolo, and Frantz Andre. Their pitch is that consumers will save money and closet space by buying a pair of Rose-ay's.

The idea for the shoe was born as part of an assignment in the entrepreneurship class at the school . The sneaker was entered in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s World Series of Innovation and won first prize in the “Sustainable Style” category for its marketing campaign .

The students donated the X-Box Kinnect video game system they won in the competition to the Pediatric Unit at Stamford Hospital . “It would benefit them more,” Matsuyama said.

The hospital will give it away during Stamford’s Downtown Winter Restaurant Week to raise awareness of childhood obesity, said Dr. Madhu Mathur , director of ambulatory pediatrics at Stamford Hospital . The dining out promotion will run from Feb. 26 to March 11, says the Downtown Special Services District website .

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