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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: 13-2777

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Next Generation Nuclear Reactors
ISTF Project Title: The New-Clear Community
Problem/Research Statement: For nearly 60 years nuclear energy has been an efficient method
of creating energy, but there are some flaws that affect its overall potency. Such flaws are depicted the 2011 disaster in Fukushima Japan. Nuclear energy can be extremely dangerous if harnessed incorrectly, yet it holds limitless possibilities for the future. 
 Student Project Team: Nick A., Michael B., Thomas L. 
Project Team Teacher: Brett Moreland
School Name: Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ
Technical Advisor:Dr. Nicholas Touran, TerraPower LLC

ISTF Project Number: 13-2764

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Energy on a Roll
Problem/Research Statement: A big problem today is the human dependence on fossil fuels. Because fossil fuels have so limited amounts and are harmful to the environment (pollution), it is imperative that humans find a new, clean, and renewable resource to replace fossil fuels. 
 Student Project Team: Andy O., Ratushtar K., Dylan M., Dmitriy N., Jake W. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Mr. Yier Jin, University of Central Florida

ISTF Project Number: 13-2761

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Aquastodian
Problem/Research Statement: Mountains of trash are dumped in the oceans yearly and it is creating water pollution. This pollution causes sea creatures and people to get sick and possibly die. Water pollution pollutes the oceans, and it also damages underwater plants, because it is difficult for them to survive in this habitat. 
 Student Project Team: Meghan S., Naomi F., Myles G., Alexander L., Will C. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 13-2743

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Biodegradable Plastic Bags from Orange Peels
Problem/Research Statement: 380 billion plastic bags are discarded in landfills by the U.S. alone each year, only 1-2% of which are recycled. Often, toxins from the plastic are ingested by animals. Millions of animals die from the ingestion or entanglement of plastic bags. 
 Student Project Team: Caroline A., Christian H., Sean M., Alejandra C., Teresa S. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Sharlene Martin, Good Shepherd Catholic School

ISTF Project Number: 13-2799

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Physical Devices
ISTF Project Title: Bear, Bear, Go Away
Problem/Research Statement: Bears are becoming a nuisance and threat in our neighborhoods, local communities, and elsewhere in the United States. Bears’ environments have been cut down and destroyed by humans and the bears have become bolder in seeking food from our dumpsters, garbage cans, and pantries. There have also been bear attacks on humans. 
 Student Project Team: Avery H., Thaddeus S., Luke M., Ernest M., Jaiden M., Rahma Z., Alex H., Elijah R., Rayyan R. 
Project Team Teacher: Judy Wall-Townsend
School Name: Heathrow Elementary, Lake Mary, FL
Principal: Dr. Heidi Gooch
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Anne Hall, Lockheed Martin
Technical Advisor:Dr. Eric Hellgren, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

ISTF Project Number: 13-2833

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Bioprocessing
ISTF Project Title: Preparation of Potential Cancer Immunotherapeutic Agents: Nanoparticles for Delivering Inhibitory Deoxyribonucleotides (DNAs) into Mitochondria
Problem/Research Statement: We want to make a cost-efficient delivery vehicle for ssDNA into the mitochondria of cancer cells, where the ssDNA will induce apoptosis due to antisense therapy. Without a delivery vehicle, the molecules are unstable and can cause severe cytotoxicity. 
 Student Project Team: Alex D., Jonathan C., Michelle L. 
Project Team Teacher: mark tobin
School Name: Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, ca

ISTF Project Number: 13-2790

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: Neolife
Problem/Research Statement: Amputees' lives are permanently negatively affected after losing a limb. 
 Student Project Team: Mikako I., Keemin L., Minji K. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Dr. Patricia Kenny, Bergen County Academies
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Donna Leonardi, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 13-2759

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: Nanobeties
Problem/Research Statement: In our society many people have diabetes. About 371 million people were diagnosed with diabetes during the year 2013, and the number increases everyday.Our project, Nanobeties helps clear glucose from the human blood stream and make a lower level of diabetes for people all over the world.
 
 Student Project Team: Ashley F., Christopher B., Tanner F., Ethan N., Sydney T., Audrey C. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 13-2778

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: The Pace Chooser
Problem/Research Statement: Modern pacemakers are built with numerous sensors to moderate heart rate according to a patient's respiratory rate, venous oxygen saturation, amount of movement, etc. However, these sensors may be slow to respond in some cases, and could treat harmless changes in heart rate as arrhythmia. Such discomfort can occur when a patient performs a heart-rate increasing activity, mainly exercise. 
 Student Project Team: Jesse R., Matthew M., Kevin L., Kang woo K. 
Project Team Teacher: Brett Moreland
School Name: Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ
Technical Advisor:Mr. Brett Moreland, Don Bosco Prep High School

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