2010 National Winners
2010 National Winners
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association are proud to announce the 2010 ExploraVision Awards national winners.
Left to right: David Stone (Coach), Zach Korol-Gold, Chris Mathy, Daniel Earl, Eric Chen, David Ansehl (Toshiba)
University Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL*
NIBEye: Neural Interfaced Bionic Eye
The NIBEye: Neural Interfaced Bionic Eye creates a visual prosthesis using principles behind biocompatibility. The functional prosthetic eye is conceptualized to restore sight to the blind through the integration of biocompatible alloys, lotus effect hydrophobic corneas, multi-focal intraocular lenses, stretchable silicon retinas, cortical stimulation, brain-machine interfaces and biobatteries.
*3 Honorable Mention Winners
Left to Right: Satoshi Kawada (Toshiba), Donna Lee, Angela Fan, Mimi Yen, Michelle Zhang, Zhen-Chuan Li (Coach), Jonathan Gastel (Mentor)
Not in the picture: Laura Cronin (TAF)
Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY*
I-CEE: IKVAV — Scaffold Center-Surround Eyesight Enhancement
I-CEE (IKVAV — Scaffold Center-Surround Eyesight Enhancement) employs advances in ophthalmology and material science to treat age-related macular disease and retinitis pigmentosa. I-CEE consists of color-filtering photovoltaic cells — acting as photoreceptors that convert photons into electricity — housed in a pentapeptide IKVAV scaffold base to promote cell adhesion, aid in neural growth and link the eye’s natural system to I-CEE to restore color vision and improve resolution.
*2 Honorable Mention Winners
Left to right: Uresh Patel (Mentor), Bruce Engberg (Toshiba), Anika Patel, Angela Riggins, Sara Konek (Coach)
Forest Ridge School, Bellevue, WA
EPPIC – Ecological Paper Printing and Ink Collector
The EPPIC (Ecological Paper Printer and Ink Collector) laser printer system recycles and reuses printed paper and its ink created by binding an organic renewable pigment to a graphene sheet with a large surface area made using nanotechnology. EPPIC extracts the ink from the paper by reducing the graphene surface contact area and then reuses the collected ink and paper to make new prints.
Left to Right: Maria Repole (Toshiba), Phyllis Serfaty (Coach), Eliana Applebaum, Elana Forman and Ariella Applebaum.
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, NJ*
REGENX: Human Limb Regenerative Protein Cocktail Injections
REGENX investigates human cellular differentiation to develop a bioengineered approach to limb regeneration using induced stem cell technology. Functionally timed human limb regenerative protein cocktail injections containing an individual’s own tissue and introduced into the site of an amputation dedifferentiate adult somatic cells back to stem cells to redevelop tissue and limbs.
*1 Honorable Mention Winner
Left to right: Vito Chiarella (Toshiba), Marc Ira (Mentor), Richard Ira, Louise McMinn (Coach), Brian Niguidula, Janet Rossman (Principal)
Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
Community Algae BioReactor
The Community Algae Bioreactor (mCAB) is a miniature renewable energy processing unit that creates biofuels from algae while cleaning water and reducing CO2 levels. The closed-system mCAB uses plastic tubes lined with nanosand to remove fast-growing, easily-harvested “super algae” with a high and constant oil content from wastewater and then extracts oil from the algae for fuel production.
Back row (left to right): Kathryn Baham (Coach), Jeanie Kensler (Toshiba), Laura Talbert (Toshiba), Robert Narumi (Mentor)
Front row (left to right): John Wen, Valerie Narumi
Fairmont Private School, Anaheim, CA
Automatic Correcting Eyeglasses (A.C.E.) contain computer-controlled lenses and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) ultrasonic sensors to continuously track the cornea and measure refractive errors from eyes and adjust the shape and distance of the lenses accordingly to correct vision. A.C.E. eliminates the need for renewing prescriptions while monitoring and alerting the wearer of more serious problems through wireless data transmission.
Front (left to right): Jessica Jiang, Ryan Ulmer, Ariana Williams, Jordan Sider
Back (left to right): Stacey Lamb (Coach), Colleen Smith (Toshiba), Cindy Declerq (Principal)
Willow Grove Elementary, San Diego, CA*
Sign Language Interpreter
The Sign Language Interpreter converts hand-created signing into verbal words to help deaf people better communicate with people who do not understand sign language. Electrodes on the signers’ fingertips sense movement and send signals to a tiny computer inside a finger ring that translates the signals into recognizable sounds.
*6 Honorable Mention Winners
Left to right: Eric Liederman (Toshiba), Shawn Nobles (Mentor), Kristen Holmes, Sophia Nobles, Grace Nobles, Jodi Mitchell (Coach)
Tampa Christian Community School, Tampa, FL
Smart Touch First Aid Kit
The Smart Touch First Aid Kit provides specialized treatment for injuries and emergencies by packaging medical supplies, instructions and communication devices in one kit. Touch screen, GPS, wireless Internet and cell phone components are used to identify the injury, activate video treatment instructions, connect the caregiver with medical or emergency staff via videoconferencing and provide directions to hospitals.