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The following student teams received the ISTF's second highest honor, "Honorable Mention Award" certificates from the Director of the ISTF program.


ISTF Project Number: 08-1906

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Power Electronics
ISTF Project Title: A big mission for a tiny camera
Problem/Research Statement: Cancer is notable for being one of the worst diseases on Earth. It is not like any other diseases; even with our advanced technology today, we still are beginners at the study of cancer. The first step in curing cancer would be to understand the formation of cancer.  
 Student Project Team: Maria I., Eun-Be K., Joo Hee Y. 
Project Team Teacher: Carlos Nodarse
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye

ISTF Project Number: 08-1853

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Where are our Alternative energy sources?
Problem/Research Statement: All current alternative energy sources have issues with availability, location and cost. They either can only be produced in certain locations or they need massive plants to be effective. As well as they are very expensive to obtain them and by the time they “pay for themselves” you need to replace it.  
 Student Project Team: Brittany G., John C., Melissa A., Kevin B., Nicole E. 
Project Team Teacher: Jann Hypes
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, Va
Principal: Mr. John J. Conti

ISTF Project Number: 08-1838

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Concentrating sunlight onto a Stirling engine
Problem/Research Statement: Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, FL, is a private preK-12 school with an enrollment of approximately 1200 students. The electric bills for the campus average $30,000/month, an obvious motivator to pursue renewable energy alternatives. The ISTF team will focus on solar power, in particular using a solar concentrator to drive a Stirling engine.  
 Student Project Team: Jeremy G., Nick H., Will L. 
Project Team Teacher: Wendy Comer
School Name: Evangelical Christian School, Fort Myers, FL
Principal: Mr. James Stedcke

ISTF Project Number: 08-1863

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Carbines
Problem/Research Statement: The problem is that the cost of producing energy is very high and there is a lot of pollution that accumulates while making it.  
 Student Project Team: Stephanie G., Camille P., Emily J. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Liva, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 08-1914

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Solution to Pollution
Problem/Research Statement: Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, abundant in the air around us; which is produced when fossil fuels burn partially because of insufficient oxygen supply. It is caused primarily by automobile exhaust and industrial processes. Carbon monoxide pollutes that air and is harmful to society and the living environment. 
 Student Project Team: Peter H., Taylor P., Amani C., Victoriana S., Brooke M. 
Project Team Teacher: Melissa Szostowski
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, VA
Principal: Mr. John Conti

ISTF Project Number: 08-1846

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: E-COP (Enviromental Collector of Oil Pollution)
Problem/Research Statement: Since our community is surrounded by water, we've selected the problem of oil runoff into our local waterways. We want to decrease the amount of oil pollution in the various bodies of water that occur in our community (lakes, lagoons, ponds, canals, etc) so our community is more environmentally safe. 
 Student Project Team: Nique M., Alayna G., Drake A., Rhayme S., Jordan D., Zachary F. 
Project Team Teacher: Scott Jost
School Name: Westside Elementary, Palm Bay, FL
Principal: Elaine M. Passanisi

ISTF Project Number: 08-1865

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Large-Scale Information Systems
ISTF Project Title: Election 2012 voting machine
Problem/Research Statement: There are numerous problems in the current voting system. The Electoral College is an obsolete form of choosing our elected representatives. Voter fraud is a serious and relatively easy crime to commit which could lead to an unpopular, unqualified official being elected. Americans who are visually or physically impaired often have difficulty voting for the candidate that they want to. In every major election, there are always places where machines break down or register false votes. Sometimes people are forced to resort to using paper ballots, which can always be lost or destroyed. 
 Student Project Team: Christopher P., Lieselle B., Kunali G., Ysa E. 
Project Team Teacher: Carlos Nodarse
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye

ISTF Project Number: 08-1939

National Critical Technology Category: Manufacturing
Technical Application: Robotics
ISTF Project Title: A.M.D.S.S. Automated Motion Detector Security System
Problem/Research Statement: Over 2.1 millions homes are broken into per year meaning 740 burglaries per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States alone. 
 Student Project Team: Ali K., Rana D., Mayla H. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Griffin
School Name: Dearborn Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Dearborn, MI
Principal: Winifred Green, Director
Technical Advisor:Dr. John Bayerl, Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology

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