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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: 14-2845

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Bioprocessing
ISTF Project Title: Memory Maker
Problem/Research Statement: In our society many adults have gotten Alzheimerís disease. About 5.3 million people were diagnosed with this brain damaging disease during the year 2013, and the number increases every day all over the world. Our project, Memory Maker helps many senior citizens gain use of memory in their brain everywhere. 
 Student Project Team: Belen L., Meghan S., Naomi F., Avery B. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 14-2872

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Prevention through Detection
Problem/Research Statement: Delayed detection of cancers, most applicable to brain and cervical cancers, are among the leading
causes of cancer-related fatalities. Cancers in their later stages are more difficult to treat due to the
large amount of cells produced while the cancer replicated undetected. Early detection allows for
easier removal of cancer 
 Student Project Team: Gillian M., Jana W., Clay B., Alicia C., Jeff V. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

ISTF Project Number: 14-2922

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Sustainable Agricultural Production
ISTF Project Title: "Mite" This Help Bees?
Problem/Research Statement: Through pollination, bees provide humans with 1/3 of food eaten, but their population is rapidly diminishing due to colony collapse disorder (CCD). One prominent cause of CCD is the Varroa destructor mite, an arachnid that attaches to foraging bees in order to gain access to hives and feed on bees!  
 Student Project Team: Ella A., Lila B., Tess B. 
Project Team Teacher: Cathy Scarr
School Name: Davis School for Independent Study, Davis, CA
Technical Advisor:Ms. Carolina Fonseca, Peregrine School

ISTF Project Number: 14-2923

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Protein Engineering
ISTF Project Title: Breaking the Brain Barrier
Problem/Research Statement: Age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's pose significant threat to elderly people; in order to prolong the longevity of brain cells to prevent the onset of such diseases telomerase levels must be preserved. We must also find a protein that acts as a telomerase activator. A major obstacle to delivering telomerase activators is the blood-brain barrier, which we must find a way to break through. We also need to consider a case when telomerase affects cells outside the target area. 
 Student Project Team: Arthur Y., Kaushal P., Jonathan L. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Donna Leonardi, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 14-2856

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: No More Fear, A Pacifier to Protect Against SIDS is Here!
Problem/Research Statement: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome causes thousands of infant deaths annually. The real danger in this
occurrence is that there are no warning signs detectable if the parents are not with the baby. If the
baby were to stop breathing and the parents were alerted, this tragic condition could be avoided. 
 Student Project Team: Katie V., Daniel K., Amy L., Delaney H., Rachel H. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

ISTF Project Number: 14-2864

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Lifeline
Problem/Research Statement: Millions of Americans have medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and epilepsy that can go
wrong at any moment. These people require close attention so that they can be cared for during
emergencies, but common technology doesnít allow for both the detection of emergencies and the
transmission of an alert. 
 Student Project Team: Amanda G., Daphne C., Isabel V., Cliff P., Lauren C. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

ISTF Project Number: 14-2910

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Recombinant DNA Technologies
ISTF Project Title: Gene's Ghost
Problem/Research Statement: Our teamís problem is antibiotic resistance in the human body. Humans tend to self-diagnose whenever they feel sick, which can indirectly lead to antibiotic resistance. Most common ailments are caused by viruses, which antibiotics are ineffective against, and demand an antibiotic from their doctor. There are no treatments for most viral infections, and usually bed rest, over-the-counter medications to treat the symptoms and a period of waiting are all that can be done. Although this doesnít seem like much of a problem, bacteria native to the body are killed by the antibiotic, and in order to survive, they adapt and modify their genes in order to become resistant to the antibiotic. Later in life, if a bacterial infection arises and the same person tries to use the same antibiotic to cure the disease, it may no longer be effective as the bacteria have resistance genes that prevent the medicine from working. Additionally, this can occur when patients are properly given an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, but fail to complete the entire course of the antibiotic because they begin to feel better. The remaining bacteria in the body at this time also become resistant and begin to multiply. This is a major controversy in the medical world as without antibiotics, bacterial infections can spread without limitations, and can become fatal to the patient, and others if the resistant bacteria spread to other people.  
 Student Project Team: Benjamin S., Filip B., Sophia R., Emily M. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Alyssa Waldron, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 14-2963

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National Critical Technology Category: Manufacturing
Technical Application: Robotics
ISTF Project Title: Improving Recycling Methods Through Robotic Devices
Problem/Research Statement: America throws away over 70% of its trash without recycling, and the recycled trash sometimes ends up in the landfills. The trash in landfills produces hazardous toxins in the soil and burning trash causes more pollution than the production of detrimental greenhouse gases.  
 Student Project Team: Talia A., Jennifer L., Emily Z. 
Project Team Teacher: Lawrence Muilenburg
School Name: Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, CA
Technical Advisor:Mr. Mark Wong, Contra Costa College -- Physics Department

ISTF Project Number: 14-2916

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National Critical Technology Category: Materials
Technical Application: Superconductors
ISTF Project Title: Safe Haven
Problem/Research Statement: Around the world, refugees, disaster victims, and the homeless are left without easy access to suitable shelter.  
 Student Project Team: Kinga D., Elifsu G., Emily Y., Hyung jin C. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Dr. Deok Yang Kim, Bergen County Academies

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