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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: 11-2542

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Building Technologies
ISTF Project Title: Team NRG
Problem/Research Statement: In a house there is lots of heat and energy lost through insufficient windows, especially those houses north or south of the tropics. 
 Student Project Team: Devon P., Abraham A., Natalie M. 
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: 11-2482

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: E.E.V.
Problem/Research Statement: Although there have been certain innovations in 'greening' the consumer car market, mass transportation, especially buses, have remained more or less unchanged throughout the years. 
 Student Project Team: Aimee B., Maria M., Katie C., Mikaela S., Rebecca B. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Liva, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 11-2528

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: GREENERGY
Problem/Research Statement: Earth has been fighting pollution for decades now with one of the major contributors being the burning of fossil fuels to use as energy. Yes, it is a widely used technique but these fossil fuels are non- renewable, which means that the world is going to run out of them sooner or later, and also they emit a lot of smoke and carbon dioxide which is not only bad for the ozone layer, it also creates environmental problems like acid rain. 
 Student Project Team: Vedamithra T., Hanisha P., Geetha T., Harsha M., Rachana P., Aarti A. 
Project Team Teacher: Venkata Suresh Lolla
School Name: Oakridge International School, Hyderabad, AP
Principal: Adilakshmi C , Principal

ISTF Project Number: 11-2501

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: Avianics
Problem/Research Statement: One of the major air pollutants, the jet engine is affecting the environment greatly. Approximately over 6,000 planes fly daily world-wide. Exorbitant amount of resources is used for aviation industries. Exponential growth in aviation industries and their successive consumption of energy will jeopardize the earthly environment. 
 Student Project Team: Marek S., Antonio G., Isaac A., Youngil C. 
Project Team Teacher: Erin Judd
School Name: Don Bosco Preparatory High School, Ramsey, NJ
Principal: Mr. John Stanczak, Principal
Technical Advisor:Mr. Leeg-Hyun Jo, Flat Core Sound Inc.
Technical Advisor:Mr. Dong-Hyun Jung, Multi Link Inc.
Technical Advisor:Mr. Hyung-Won La, ATHome

ISTF Project Number: 11-2477

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Physical Devices
ISTF Project Title: AlzDetect
Problem/Research Statement: Tests done in a physician's office can measure levels of beta-amoyloid, the protein directly correlated with the development of Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, they are not completed regularly; during this time, Alzheimer's disease may form. The number Alzheimer's patients is rapidly increasing and anything we can do to hep diagnose this devastating disease will have a major positive impact on our society.  
 Student Project Team: Christina R., Ellen A., Julie P., Nicole T., Tara S. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 11-2485

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Autonomous Robotic Devices
ISTF Project Title: Robo Nurse
Problem/Research Statement: In the United States, there is a large group of citizens who are over 65 years old. These citizens have many issues, some of which are, remembering, taking medications, and trouble hearing. Our product, Robo Nurse, will help older citizens with these issues and a variety of other tasks.  
 Student Project Team: Nijay S., Jade C., Madelyn S., Rocita R., Taylor K., Alexandra P., Avriel L., Morgan B. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 11-2484

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Bioprocessing
ISTF Project Title: Skinny Dip
Problem/Research Statement: Childhood Obesity is affecting many children worldwide. Most children have medical issues due to this problem. Skinny Dip will cause a reaction to your taste buds, informing the brain that you are not hungry. It comes in various flavors and it will send your taste buds on a wild adventure.  
 Student Project Team: Celina C., Haley E., Anastasia M., Joshua C., Brandy P., Erica L., Aislinn R., Megan B. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 11-2531

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: No More Tears Because of Wet Ears
Problem/Research Statement: Children who develop middle ear infections have to get tubes in their ears to absorb excess moisture in the eardrum, and consequently have to wear earplugs in their ears whenever they bathe or swim. Our goal is to develop a tube for children's ears that will be unaffected by water. 
 Student Project Team: Tiffany N., Brandon B., Keriann R., Maralee B. 
Project Team Teacher: Linda Wolstenholme
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, VA
Principal: Dr. John Werner

ISTF Project Number: 11-2611

National Critical Technology Category: Materials
Technical Application: Highway/Infrastructure Materials
ISTF Project Title: No Skate No Scrape
Problem/Research Statement: There are many areas that kids shouldn't skateboard on and one of them is the culvert drainage areas near busy roads in Hunter's Creek. It is dangerous because the slope of concrete and water runoff causes falls and bodily injuries.  
 Student Project Team: Matthew Y., Subathie K., Hannah Y., Anayansi S., David R., Nicholas E., Garrett J. 
Project Team Teacher: Lynn Karavanich
School Name: Hunter, Orlando, FL
Principal: Anne Geisler

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