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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: 11-2599

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Electromotion
Problem/Research Statement: When people are on the go they are constantly using their mobile devices, however energy is not always with them. The problem is when they’re away from a plug in power source and their battery is low. 
 Student Project Team: James P., Jarred H., Gary B., Jonathan L., Timothy S. 
Project Team Teacher: Lori Dykstra
School Name: Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Blaine High School, Blaine, MN
Principal: Mr. John Phelps, Principal

ISTF Project Number: 11-2610

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Done With Gum
Problem/Research Statement: The wall of an overpass located near our community's middle school is being used by students to put their chewed gum on.  
 Student Project Team: Angelina M., Sohilah A., Gabe D., Sharon G., Valentina M., Valentina R., Kara S., Dwight M. 
Project Team Teacher: Lynn Karavanich
School Name: Hunter, Orlando, FL
Principal: Anne Geisler

ISTF Project Number: 11-2510

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: The Sand Bar Saver
Problem/Research Statement: Sandbars are a threat to boats, marine life, and the ocean.  
 Student Project Team: Amy S., Astrid R., Caren R., Lauren O., Jessica K., Kaitie J. 
Project Team Teacher: Jann Hypes
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, VA
Principal: Dr. John Werner

ISTF Project Number: 11-2478

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: One Cell Wonder
Problem/Research Statement: Natural disasters such as hurricanes can cause toxins from sewage and household chemicals to be released into the environment.This can cause disease and eventually death in organisms and their ecosystems. The more waste that builds up, the harder it becomes to contain. 
 Student Project Team: Jake V., Chidinma N., Elise W., Sara Z. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 11-2498

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: RA Fighters
Problem/Research Statement: Arthritis is a painful condition in many individuals creating a lot of discomfort in movement. 
 Student Project Team: Nihar K., Sai prakash S., Bhavana N., Sai Mona D., Ragamayi M. 
Project Team Teacher: Usha Devi
School Name: Oakridge International School, Hyderabad, AP
Principal: Mrs.Adilakshmi C - Principal
Technical Advisor:Mr. A V Gurava Reddy, Sunshine Hospitals, Paradise, Secunderabad

ISTF Project Number: 11-2483

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Obesity Decrease-ity
Problem/Research Statement: Adulthood obesity has become a more pressing problem over the last few years. About 35 percent of adults suffer from this problem.  
 Student Project Team: Eric K., Christian R., Mehak S., Alexandra S. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 11-2564

National Critical Technology Category: Manufacturing
Technical Application: Semiconductor Manufacturing
ISTF Project Title: X-Digital
Problem/Research Statement: X-rays use a lot of power and take a lot of time with results. They’re so big and bulky they cannot be moved and used out in the “field”. If an x-ray is needed then there should be a faster, more efficient and more portable way to do it.  
 Student Project Team: Dylan L., Matthew C., Laura L., Emily C., Caroline B. 
Project Team Teacher: Melissa Boyer
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, VA
Principal: Dr. John Werner

ISTF Project Number: 11-2612

National Critical Technology Category: Materials
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: Aqua la Vista
Problem/Research Statement: Our problem is that the soccer fields in the Vistas Park in Hunters Creek do not drain properly. It causes games and practices to be canceled. 
 Student Project Team: Jorel M., Aaron P., Jabri S., Udula F., Joey K., Brendan P. 
Project Team Teacher: Lynn Karavanich
School Name: Hunter, Orlando, FL
Principal: Anne Geisler
Technical Advisor:Mr. Gary Gowens, Lockheed Martin

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