2011 National Winners
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association are proud to announce the 2011 ExploraVision national winners.
1st Place Hopewell Valley Central High School — Pennington, NJ
Left to right: Leif Segen (Coach), Shane Moore, Agastya Mondal, Poojitha Shivaprasad, Morgan Gruenewald, David Angwenyi (Mentor), Jim Creighton (Toshiba Rep)
Bionic Auditory Prosthesis
The Bionic Auditory Prosthetic (BAP) is a prosthetic inner ear designed to cure deafness by allowing the human brain to process sound while bypassing the entire inner ear and vestibule-cochlear (auditory) nerve. Unlike cochlear implants or hearing aids, BAP addresses both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, offering a more universal approach to curing deafness.
2nd Place Stuyvesant High School — New York, NY
Left to Right: Satoshi Kawada (Toshiba), David Kurkovskiy, Norine Chan, Alison Reed, Anne Manwell (Mentor), Samantha Daves (Coach)
3Drenal: Kidney Bio-Printer
The 3Drenal: Kidney Bio-Printer offers an alternative and a solution to the challenges of costly kidney transplants. Using a 3D bio-printer, 3Drenal replicates the functionality of the kidney through mechanisms of cell fusion and organogenesis. It uses a structured scaffold to establish the architecture of the kidney and then layers this structure using print heads containing proteins, organic fillers, and stem cells, constructing a transplantable kidney that will be compatible to the individual.
1st Place Horace Mann School — Bronx, NY
Left to right: Hugh Savoldelli, Fabio Savoldelli (Mentor), James Savoldelli, James Hayman, Jeffrey Weiner, Jodi Hill (Coach)
Not pictured: Laura Cronin (TAF)
Subway Smart System
The Subway Smart System captures wasted wind in the NYC Subway using Smart Rails and Smart Grass. Smart Rails, placed across the track ties and on the wall of the tunnel, will extract energy when trains move down the track. Smart Grass will use piezoelectricity to harness the power of subway wind by pushing on piezoelectric crystals that convert wasted wind into usable electric current.
2nd Place West Hills Middle School — West Bloomfield, MI
Back Row (left to right): Samantha Tarnopol, Claudia Cooper
Front Row (left to right): Amy Attard (Coach), Russ Purdy (Mentor), Dave Anderson (Toshiba)
I-TBS: Intra-trachea Breathing System
The Intra-Trachea Breathing System (I-TBS) exhibits both osmosis/diffusion and transduction principles as it enhances inhalation for patients with breathing disorders or diseases of the airway using Zeolite Towers, chambers containing aluminum silicate granules that bond with nitrogen molecules. Surgically placed in the upper respiratory tract, the I-TBS detects the resultant percentage of oxygen in the bloodstream and remotely sends this to a doctor's computerized system.
1st Place Virginia Virtual Academy — Herndon, VA
Back row: Brenda Conwell-Dudley (Mentor), David Gaut (Toshiba), Suzanne Sloane (Head of School, Virginia Virtual Academy)
Front row: Abby Porter (Tolbert Elementary School), Sydney Dayyani (Belmont Ridge Middle School), Jack Dudley (Virginia Virtual Academy), Jovia Ho (Tolbert Elementary School)
The HEADS UP! Helmet
The Heads Up! Helmet is a military helmet that is designed to protect soldiers from traumatic brain injury on the battlefield due to an improvised explosive device The helmet will be formed from micro layers of impact-resistant, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene sheets spun and covered with highly sensitive temperature and air pressure sensors to detect concussive force.
2nd Place Plainview Old Bethpage Middle School — Plainview, NY
Left to right: John McNamara (Principal) Lou Morrone (Toshiba), Sophie Heiman, Alexandra Fryman, Philip Danziger, Thomas Venezia, Paula Engel (Coach)
BlindSight is a contact lens with a built-in nano-camera that sends streaming video to a computer chip implanted in the occipital lobe of a blind person. The camera moves as the body moves or as the eye roves side-to-side. BlindSight will also retrieve memories and pictures that are stored in the frontal lobes of those who lost sight.
1st Place Discovery Montessori School — Edinburg, TX
Back row (left to right): Karen Lozano (Mentor), Veronica Martinez (Coach), Letty Sanchez (Discovery School Principal),
Jodie Glaze (TIC)
Ront row (left to right): Davin Hickman-Chow, Pablo Vidal
i.streets (Intelligent Streets)
Intelligent Streets (i.streets) reduce intersection accidents by using smart translucent film installed in windshields that receive signals from either traffic lights or satellites. These signals will rearrange molecules in the film to produce the correct traffic command (go, caution, or stop) regardless of hazardous weather conditions, distractions, or power outages.
2nd Place Countryside Montessori Charter — Land o Lakes, FL
Back row (Left to right): Bridgett Nicholson (Coach), Heather Tomasello, (Mentor), Peter Fehrenbach (Toshiba)
Front row (Left to right): Eyra Gualtieri, Catie Tomasello, Achyudhan Kutuva
The Solar Tree
The Solar T.R.E.E. will equip every home with safe, inexpensive solar and wind power by mimicking photosynthesis found in natural trees. By using artificial leaves that capture and store solar and wind energy, the Solar T.R.E.E. will reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.