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Region 1

Stuyvesant High School - New York, NY
Left to right: Jonathan Gastel (coach), John Anderson (Toshiba), Waqarul Islam, Youbin Kim, Chui-ho Lee Photo credit: Miz Fischer
Stuyvesant High School — New York, NY

Developing soft micro-stencil (SMS) lithography for the fabrication of electrodes on nano-materials.

We developed a novel microfabrication procedure to construct metallic nanostructures by deposition through a suspended soft polymer stencil lithography mask. Our procedure, known as soft-micro stencil (SMS) lithography, can be applied to electrically characterize nanomaterials previously untestable with conventional methods. In addition to its immense utility in research settings, further refinement of the SMS may allow for its use in production or industry, increasing the adaptability and functionality of electronics such as displays, sensors, and artificial skins on non-planar surfaces.

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Region 2

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology - Alexandria, VA
Back row left to right: Mo Warsane (NSTA), David Gaut (Toshiba) Front row left to right: Eric Crossley (NSTA), Aishwarya Nugooru, Pooja Chandrashekar, Sonia del Cerro (coach), Nancy Sandrof (Toshiba)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology — Alexandria, VA

A Combinatorial Approach to Breast Cancer Prognosis and Treatment Using Fractal Dimensional Analysis and Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Nanoparticles

The project integrates two novel approaches to breast cancer prognosis and treatment to create an organized and creative protocol. For prognosis, this strategy implements a computer interface that uses fractal dimensional analysis of a patient's MRA scan to identify the location of the primary tumor. For treatment, it uses a thermal injection of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) nanoparticles to target cancer-specific cells.

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Region 3

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy - Miami, FL
Left to right: James Clossick (mentor), Gabriela Clossick, Ashley Lopez, Emily Pendas, Helen Nameth (coach)
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy — Miami, FL

S2I

The S2I is a transformational treatment for scoliosis. The hollow fiber vest delivers drug therapy, electrical impulses, magnetic forces and mechanical forces in concert with each other and orchestrated by a control panel. Transdermal drug therapy will relax muscles and enable the body to reshape bone. Mechanical forces and magnetic forces will straighten the spine while transcutaneous electrical impulses will strengthen the muscles supporting the spine. The S2I will be more effective, safe, and comfortable than current bracing or surgical treatments.

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Region 4

University Laboratory High School - Urbana, IL
Left to right: Dave Stone (coach), Freddie R. Stavins, Ryan Kuck, Edo Roth, Max Li Photo credit: Morgan Cross
University Laboratory High School — Urbana, IL

TEVIA Tech (Tixel Enabled Impaired Assistive Technology)

TEVIA Tech (Tixel Enabled Visually Impaired Assistive Technology) incorporates advancements of eight current technologies into a technologically-advanced smartphone. Bridging the technological gap between blind and sighted individuals, it will also detect and navigate hazards and aid in navigating unfamiliar buildings.

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Region 5

Westwood High School - Austin, TX
Left to right: Jodie L. Glaze (Toshiba), Priya Arunachalam, Naveen Arunachalam, Natasha Armstead (coach)
Westwood High School — Austin, TX

Nanoparticle Induced Immunoresponsive Correction (NIIC) and Redirection of Fat Accumulation (RFA)

NIIC (Nanoparticle Induced Immunoresponsive Correction) integrates nanotechnology and islet transplantation to cure the autoimmune effects of Type I diabetes, and RFA (Redirection of Fat Accumulation) cures Type II diabetes by preventing fat accumulation in the muscles and heart, thus increasing insulin availability to cells in these areas. NIIC and RFA treatments effectively eliminate Type I and Type II diabetes through safe, inexpensive, and efficient methods.

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Region 6

Bellarmine College Preparatory - San Jose, CA
Back row left to right: Patrick Adams (coach), Tamara Currier (Toshiba) Front row left to right: Nithin Buduma, Natalie Ng, Nikhil Buduma, Alexander Powers Photo credit: Sheila Collison
Bellarmine College Preparatory — San Jose, CA

Immunotargeted DNA-based nanostructures for the delivery of the pro-angiogenic VEGF protein to revascularize infarcted myocardium

Immunotargeted DNA nanostructures integrate DNA "origami" and antibody-based specificity to revascularize damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. This two-component delivery mechanism allows for the specific targeting of the angiogenic VEGF protein directly to the site of injury. Revascularization of infarcted myocardium will make stem cell therapy a viable treatment for heart attacks. This flexible delivery design can also be easily applied to target any therapeutic to any cell population in the human body.

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