// National Winners
The Bright New Future of Circuitry: A Focus on Brittle Starfish Microlenses to Improve Optical Computing
Optical circuitry -- up to 100,000 times faster than today's electrical circuits -- represents the future of computing. Research of the brittle starfish lenses, superior to any manufactured lenses, may prove instrumental in the development of optical circuitry that can process larger amounts of data in a fraction of the time it takes today.
Jericho High School
Phytorejeuvenators - The Next Generation of Phytoremediation
Genetically engineered green plants will extract pollutants from soils, as well as undiscovered fossil fuels and gold and silver metals. Pollutants will be transformed into benign, useful substances; biodegradable materials will be generated from renewable sources.
Lake Braddock Secondary School
KOT: Kidneys of Tomorrow
To treat patients suffering from kidney failure, an artificial kidney is made from the patient's own cells thereby lowering the risks of rejection. The kidney is grown outside the patientÕs body and later transplanted into the patient.
Merion Mercy Academy
Merion Station, PA
The Piezo-Sensory Arm
This advanced prosthetic arm harnesses the piezoelectric effect to provide the user with comfort, a wide range of feelings, and good mobility. The ability to hold objects and perform delicate work is greatly enhanced.
Zion Heights Junior High School
Nano Snippit-Bot :Revolutionizing Brain Tumor Removal
This treatment eliminates the need for brain tumor surgery. Instead, patients take pills with NSBs that cut off vessels that supply blood to the tumor, causing the tumor to shrink and die and preventing the growth of new blood vessels.
Quarry Lane School
Patient Comfort System (PCS): Raising Expectations for Painless Transport
Hospital patients are transferred and transported painlessly on nonmetallic pads that use super conductive magnet technology to "float" easily from place to place. This system protects patients from the discomfort of traditional patient transport.
The Bath Butler
Glance in the mirror and your safe, soft-sided bathtub will automatically recognize you and rapidly fill with clean, hot, recycled water at the temperature and level you prefer. Personalized air showers dry you.
Holmes Elementary School
San Diego, CA
Animal Detector Belt
This special belt uses e-nose sensor and computer technology to detect and warn the user about the presence of dangerous animals. Hikers are protected from potential animal attacks.
Cape Henry Collegiate School
Virginia Beach, VA