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National Medal of Technology Award

Student teams that receive the highest scores from our national judges receive the ISTF's highest honor, "Meritorious Achievement Award" certificates from the Director of the ISTF program.


ISTF Project Number: 07-1726

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Power Supplies
ISTF Project Title: Cutting The Cord
Problem/Research Statement: One of the primary fuels needed for fusion reactors in Helium-3. Although it is not abundant on the earth it is prevalent on the moon. Use of a third generation fusion reactor on the moon could produce clean energy that could then be beamed back to the earth. 
 Student Project Team: Frank S., Dakota L., Brianna P., Charlie C., Brandon K., Hannah W., Forrest R., Gerard W., Shan G., Ryan S., Devin F., Amanda H., Steven S., Cole B., Brian D. 
Project Team Teacher: Catharine Colwell
School Name: Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, FL
Principal: Dr. Cheryl Salerno
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Friend, Pima Community College
Technical Advisor:Dr. Ron Parise, Parise Research Technologies

ISTF Project Number: 07-1764

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Telecom / Data Routing
ISTF Project Title: Saving Firefighters
Problem/Research Statement: Numerous firefighters die yearly to save people that are mistakenly thought to be in burning buildings. With limited time to evacuate everyone inside of a burning building, the invention of technology that can accurately predict where a human being is prominent. 
 Student Project Team: Yanique C., Kevin M., Eric K. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye

ISTF Project Number: 07-1705

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Shock it to Me!
Problem/Research Statement: Currently, a main source of our energy is the usage of fossil fuels. These are non-renewable, i.e. once they’re gone, they’re gone. In addition to being in a limited supply, the fossil fuels that we use are harmful to the environment, specifically the release of carbon dioxide into the air 
 Student Project Team: Micah C., Leon J., Zainab K., Sean B. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Dicus
School Name: Center for Advanced Technologies, St. Petersburg, FL
Principal: Mr. Peter Oberg , CAT Administrator
Technical Advisor:Mr. Noel Corson, George F. Young
Technical Advisor:Ms. Katie Bolcar, US Dept of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program

ISTF Project Number: 07-1699

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Physical Devices
ISTF Project Title: Sensing Beyond the Ground
Problem/Research Statement: Sinkholes happen all over the world. In the state of Florida, sinkholes have produced disasterous consequences to the environment and human lives. Detection of sinkholes is critical in order to keep this natural disaster from occurring.  
 Student Project Team: Samantha A., Gabrielle B., Danielle S., Dana S., Hannah S., Marquis B., Kaila W. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Irene Kelleher
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Horton, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support

ISTF Project Number: 07-1703

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Stopping the Runoff!
Problem/Research Statement: Our problem is that fertilizers runoff into the ocean from farm lands and even people’s homes. When they run into our oceans it makes the algae grow really fast. When algae have abundance in our oceans it affects our ecosystem in many ways. 
 Student Project Team: Desiree I., Jordan L., Tyler S. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Dicus
School Name: Center for Advanced Technologies, St. Petersburg, FL
Principal: Mr. Peter Oberg , CAT Administrator
Technical Advisor:Dr. Amy Shober, University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
Technical Advisor:Dr. Joshua McGrath, University of Maryland

ISTF Project Number: 07-1800

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Autonomous Robotic Devices
ISTF Project Title: Sky Walker
Problem/Research Statement: The currently employed autonomic aircraft uses a complex system of GPS, IMU, and etc. In other words, the aircraft carries the control algorithm, FCC. However, in the case of a small aircraft, it is impossible to load the control algorithm due to the physical limitations. Therefore, this research sets its objectives as making the simplest small plane. 
 Student Project Team: Dong Kyu H., Yoon Ki H., Minkee H., Na-Eun J., Seung-Hyun L., Su-Yeon Y., Jae-Won L., Won Jun L., Su Hyun P., Tae Rie K., Ju Yeon K., Kyung Nam K. 
Project Team Teacher: Jong-hyun Hwang
School Name: CheongShim International Academy, Gyeonggi-do, Korea,
Principal: Jong Hyo Lee
Technical Advisor:Dr. Sung Kyung Hong, Sejong University
Technical Advisor:Mr. Soo Ho Baek, Sejong Univ.

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