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2013 Regional Winners

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association are proud to announce the 2013 ExploraVision regional winners.

Grades 10–12 | Grades 7–9 | Grades 4–6 | Grades K–3 | Most Eligible Entries

Grades 10–12

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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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Grades 7–9

Region 1

The Alternative School for Math and Science — Corning, NY

Left to right: Kevin Gahagan (mentor), Benjamin Togni, Dan Gahagan, Gary Murrer (Toshiba)

The Opti Arm-An Optical Interface Prosthetic Device

This prosthetic arm system will simulate the neural pathway and allow true to life movements in real time through the use of a multimode optical fiber interface and genetically modified bioluminescent progenitor cells in the brain. The brain of the wearer would literally control the movements of the arm.

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Region 2

Kilmer Middle School — Vienna, VA

Left to right: Susan Bates (coach), Pallavi Bhave, Joyce Tian, Douglas Tyson (principal of Kilmer MS)

Food Allergen Detector

The Food Allergen Detector will use Raman spectroscopy, a method in which a UV laser beam is focused on a food sample and the scattered light is detected. A small amount of the scattered light will change in frequency. The plot of the intensity of the "shifted light" versus the frequency is the unique Raman spectrum of the sample. The FAD will use a database of such Raman spectrums to identify and provide information on the presence or absence of common allergens in the sample.

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Region 3

Rockdale Magnet School — Conyers, GA

Left to right: Jesse Smith (coach), Kristin Nzerue, Karimah Francis

Touchscreen Mirror

The new touchscreen mirror is an artistic and imaginative new technology that can remember your body movements, measurements, health issues, profile, etc. The touchscreen mirror will also perform everyday functions like playing music and letting users watch videos in the bathroom! It can be used anywhere a mirror is placed and will also keep a record of your weight, height, body heat, and overall growth.

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Region 4

Centennial School — Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Left to right: Marty Allison (Toshiba), Karen Borges (coach), Rosie Lu, Tony Liu, Kevin Tse, YuXin Zhang

Hexadecimal Optical Computer Made with Photochromic Transistors

The Hexadecimal Optical Computer is a computing device, derived from the modern-day PC that uses 16 different characters for its code instead of 2. Its transistors are photochromic crystals like those found in Transitions Lenses, and these crystals also maintain their activated state long enough to be used as RAM. The result is a PC that can compete with today's supercomputers for processing power.

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Region 5

St. Mark’s School of Texas — Dallas, TX

Back row left to right: Warren Foxworth (coach), Abbey Prince (Toshiba), Raja Akula, , Ram Laks (mentor)
Front row left to right: Rishav Sinha, Gopal Raman, Rohan Banerjee

BlindVision

Our technology will enable blind people to "see" by using a camera embedded in a pair of glasses and an intra-cranial chip based on the leading edge technology from BrainGate that is currently available. The camera and chip work together to mimic the workings of a fully functional eye. The chip that is implanted in the brain will translate the data received from the camera into cortical signals that the visual cortex can comprehend.

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Region 6

Loomis Grammar School — Loomis, CA

Left to right: Kristine Sohrakoff (coach); Leahloni Hulse, Gavin Thompson, Dezma Bunio, Megan Kelley, Melissa McCormick (mentor), Jeff Griffin (Toshiba)

The ADHD Regulator and Stimulator

The ADHD Regulator and Stimulator improves the lives of people suffering from ADHD. These frontal cortex implants detect and regulate the neurotransmitters whose imbalances cause the often debilitating symptoms of ADHD. The device uses a bio-mechanical membrane channeled with fabricated mitochondria to generate the energy needed for continuous operation.

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Grades 4–6

Region 1

Locust Valley Intermediate School — Locust Valley, NY

Back row left to right: Anne Joyce (coach), Sophia Gary (principal), Robert Triscari (Toshiba), Alan Stella (mentor)
Front row left to right: Michelle Hsu, Hana Glavan, James O'Connell

Triple C: Carbon Capture for Cars

This invention is a filter that will remove most carbon dioxide from automobile exhaust and have a major impact on the environment. The filter is located after the catalytic converter and uses membrane separation to extract the carbon dioxide. The captured carbon is then sent to a tank and liquefied. When drivers pull into a gas station, there are two tanks and two nozzles. The carbon will be taken in and stored in a tank under the gas station.

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Region 2

Millstone River School — Plainsboro, NJ

Back row left to right: Ramana Gandikota (mentor), Neil Lewis (Deputy Mayor, Plainsboro, NJ), Rick Cave (technology director), Charlie Giunta (Toshiba)
Front row left to right: Ms Helen Chang (coach), Vibhu Gandikota, Eric Lin, Michael Rebelo, Roseann Bonino (Principal)

N.T.S.B. (Nano Tech Shoe Base)

This alternative energy source can harness the power of daily walking in shoes with a nano generator. It will convert the power of kinetic energy of walking into electricity using piezoelectric nanotechnology.

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Region 3

St. Mary Magadalen School — Altamonte Springs, FL

Left to right: Debbie Gordon (coach), Emma Huey, Danielle Nguyen, Lee Arcadipane (Toshiba)

Counter Balance Shoe

The CounterBalance Shoe is orthopedic footwear that uses technology to center your balance and calm arthritis thus preventing falls. Wi-Fi technology will communicate with a database worn elsewhere on the body to warn the wearer of balance problems and contact emergency personnel if needed. The sensory technology in the shoe will automatically shift the layers of the liner for rebalance and fall prevention.

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Region 4

Jefferson Elementary School — Rochester, MN

Back row left to right: Vandi King, Tom Scanlon
Front row left to right: Joy Jasik, Hemanth Asirvathamfor

Internally Remote Augmented Brain Function

The Smartfeet is a technology to benefit people suffering from Autism. This technology will include a natural shoe-like computer, induced mutations in circulating neural cells that allow them to function as two-way wireless transmitters and a method of directed placement of these altered cells to facilitate optimal neural conduction and as a result, prevent data processing errors. This real-time feedback signal augmentation will correct abnormal brain functions.

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Region 5

Mitchell Intermediate School — The Woodlands, TX

Left to right: Dawn Caldwell (coach), Sarah Kong, Genna Childers, Alice Zhang, Jodie Glaze (Toshiba)

LEADS

L.E.A.D.S. is an acronym for the Laminitis Equine Absolute Diagnosis System, a device that can be used to more accurately and swiftly diagnose Laminitis, a debilitating and often deadly disease that affects horses and other hoofed animals. The L.E.A.D.S. is a rectangular pad with a spongy side that a veterinarian presses into the bottom of the animal's hoof that can quickly and easily provide the x-rays, venograms and radiography needed to accurately diagnose laminitis, and a hard side that electronically displays all of the results and data from the tests. Early detection of Laminitis will give affected animals a much better chance of survival.

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Region 6

Chapman Hill Elementary School — Salem, OR

Back row left to right: Michael Lampert (mentor), Maureen Foelkl (teacher) , Ron Partch (Toshiba)
Front row left to right: Diego Tejeda-Zwerdling, Bridget Hall, Dylan l'Anson-Yount, Eliza Loewen-Thomas

SMART Moves

SMART Moves is a full body flexible suit with foot pressure sensors, accelerometers, SMART fabric, memory shape alloys, and a SMART screen. The suit continuously makes slight corrections bringing the individual back to the center of gravity before a fall can occur. Keeping people active and independent while promoting healthy living through SMART Moves technology will become a widespread solution to mobility issues for future generations.

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Grades K–3

Region 1

LD Batchelder Elementary School — North Reading, MA

Back row left to right: Elizabeth Dill (coach), Laure Wall (mentor), Mary Ellen Murzyn (Toshiba)
Front row left to right: Harley Duffley, Annika Howe, Abby E. Wall, John Jennings
Photo credit: Norbert Eng (Toshiba)

The SIGHT System

The SIGHT System uses holographic imagery, GPS data, Bluetooth and 4G communication technology to project a 3D image of a building and relay information about an emergency situation to first responders. Rescue personnel would be able to communicate better and coordinate plans using both a holographic table and visual imaging systems built into their helmets, potentially resulting in fewer lives lost and less property damage.

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Region 2

Waldron Mercy Academy — Merion Station, PA

Back row left to right: Charlie Giunta (Toshiba), Krishnan Raj, Antoine Adson, Lindsay McBride, Liz Meyer (coach)
Photo credit: Trish Lockett

E.A.T.

This device will track and report the eating habits of students during the school day. All food and snacks will have a bar code tag attached. Students will slide their meal trays under a bar code reader that will access a database of food nutrition values. If the meal or snacks are nutritionally well-balanced a green light will shine, and if the meal is unbalanced a red light will shine. Students will learn to recognize good eating habits and improve their overall health using E.A.T.

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Region 3

Flippen Elementary School — McDonough, GA

Back row left to right: Cary Butler (Toshiba), Cara Jackson (mentor), Toni Obenauf, Christy Collier, Julie Allen
Front row left to right: Jordan Hodge, Torrie Hardy, Jr., Alec Jackson
Photo credit: Cindy Adair

Voice2Voice Translator Earpiece

The Voice2Voice Translator Earpiece is a hands-free device that attaches to your ear and uses SMART Technology to translate words from a foreign speaker in real time. It will also translate and repeat your words into a foreign language. It helps you communicate with someone who speaks a different language, without the use of a phone, tablet or other handheld tool. Voice2Voice will break down the language barrier for people all around the world.

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Region 4

Kingsley Elementary — Evanston, IL

Back row left to right: Joel Huerta (mentor), Beatrice Davis (Principal), Shelly Greco (parent), Michael Kaiser (parent), Martin Schopp (Toshiba)
Front row left to right: Karen Reid (coach), Maggie Huerta, Mackenzie Greco, Nina Kaiser

Lice-A-Nator

Head lice are annoying pests! The Lice-A-Nator is a special hairbrush with fiber optic bristles that can detect and kill lice safely and effectively lice and nits on human heads, clothing, furniture, and other objects. The hairbrush's bristles and processors are wired to a computer processor in the brush handle. Our lice detection and extermination product, Lice-A-nator, uses safe, neat, and smart technology to detect and kill lice.

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Region 5

Christian Home Educators Fellowship — Conway, AR

Left to right: Valerie Land (coach), Jonathan Bickers, Devon Keeter, Eli Meyer, Shawn Frost (Toshiba)
Photo credit: Cindy Meyer

Hover Chair

The Hover Chair replaces the wheelchair to provide the user with a more comfortable ride while easily transversing obstacles. Traditional wheelchair wheels are replaced by a hover platform utilizing air pressure jets to propel the chair over obstacles. This significantly increases mobility and safety.

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Region 6

Davis School for Independent Studies — Davis, CA

Back row left to right: Jeffery Griffin (Toshiba), Cathy Scarr (coach), Kristen Olotka (mentor)
Front row left to right: Tess Boutin, Lila Boutin
Photo credit: Orietta Gianjorio

Flying Photocatalytic Pollution Frog

The Flying Photocatalytic Pollution Frog "eat" airplane pollution like a frog eats insects. New parts for airplane engines will enable photocatalytic material with titanium dioxide to interact with sunlight and decompose otherwise harmful pollutants. There will also be a liquid form of the photocatalytic material sprayed from inside the engine into the emissions, as well as a filter coated in photocatalytic material outside of the engine to catch pollutants.

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Most Eligible Entries

  • Grades 10-12:
    Stephanie Kawamura, Intech Collegiate High School in N Logan, Utah.
  • Grades 7-9:
    Brian Knoop, St. Henry in Nashville, TN.
  • Grades 4-6:
    Anne Albright, Maitland Middle School in Maitland, FL.
  • Grades K-3:
    Tyeshia Hilber, Patterson, NJ.
  • The school with the most eligible entries was Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA.

A Word From Our Alumni

"ExploraVision influenced my decision to major in the sciences. I plan to work in the environmental field and eventually to teach at the undergraduate level."
Justin
Tufts University
1994 Award Winner