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ExploraVison National Science Competition Winners

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1st place

Sarah Guo, Tracy Li, Cynthia Smyser (Coach), Madeline Kim (Mentor)
iSpyStroke

These strokes are difficult to treat as it takes away the crucial period for treatment at the beginning. However, iSpyStroke can change everything, with its accurate stroke detection and efficient design. iSpyStroke is a sleeping mask designed to target wake-up strokes, a type of stroke that occurs in sleeping. Consisting of electroencephalogram sensors that can detect any irregular brain wave activity, iSpyStroke can alert medical professionals and emergency contacts through the connected app, if a wake-up stroke is detected. Vibrators and alarms attached to the device will also arouse the wearer, and ultimately will save many lives by streamlining the treatment process. This life-saving technology can protect individuals suffering from wake-up strokes and allow them to sleep in peace every night.

The iSpyStroke website

2nd place

Huy Pham (Coach), Lynntram Nguyen, Katie Nguyen, Ashley Nguyen, Lilian Doan, Caitlin Dunham (Mentor)
Genetically Engineering A Neonicotinoid-Degrading Microbiome Bacteria Using CRISPR Technology to Create a Probeeotic that Combats Bee Mortality

Western honey bees provide valuable pollination services in agricultural crop production and are an essential component of plant reproductive successes. However, over the years, neonicotinoids, a widely used group of insecticides, have significantly contributed to honey bee colony losses. This type of insecticide can be found in pollen and nectar after it is absorbed by plants, which bees are exposed to when foraging for food. Neonicotinoids are toxic to bees, entering their nervous system and causing muscle paralysis and death. To combat bee mortality, our solution is a probeeotic that contains a neonicotinoid-degrading microbiome bacteria. Genetic engineering, CRISPR technology, DNA cloning, and freeze drying techniques can be utilized to create an innovation that can degrade neonicotinoids within bee’s gut microbiomes. Ultimately, our technology aims to protect the future of honeybees and modern agriculture by creating an environment where they can thrive.

The Genetically Engineering A Neonicotinoid-Degrading Microbiome Bacteria Using CRISPR Technology to Create a Probeeotic that Combats Bee Mortality website