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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: 15-2976

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Remediation and Restoration
ISTF Project Title: NUTRI-TECH
Problem/Research Statement: The majority of Earthís population suffers from some form of nutrient deficiency. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to developmental problems and the onset of diseases. The lack of a convenient way to identify and educate one on a deficiency is hindering the prevention of such diseases. 
 Student Project Team: Rachel S., Megan M., Taima K., Alexis K., Olivia C., Madelyn B. 
Project Team Teacher: heather ferrara
School Name: winter park high school, winter park, fl

ISTF Project Number: 15-3021

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Physical Devices
ISTF Project Title: Stop Means Stop
Problem/Research Statement: Running red lights has resulted in approximately 165,000 people injured
annually in the United States alone, according to the Federal Highway Administration. A
solution needs to be found to reduce this number as much as possible. 
 Student Project Team: Nishan T., Keila M., Milan S., Carolina C., Esta B. 
Project Team Teacher: heather ferrara
School Name: winter park high school, winter park, fl

ISTF Project Number: 15-3050

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Advanced Human Machine Interfaces
ISTF Project Title: Speedy Recovery
Problem/Research Statement: After a devastating muscle trauma accident or long-term health issue which requires being bedridden for months on end, patients lose important muscle memory in addition to losing muscle strength. Therapy for relearning how to walk or maneuver can take months or years, stretching out recovery time drastically. 
 Student Project Team: Bertina K., Miri G., Aditi C. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis
Technical Advisor:Dr. Patricia Kenny, Bergen County Academies

ISTF Project Number: 15-3056

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: NanoWarriors
Problem/Research Statement: Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that has an extremely high mortality rate, which is almost equal to the rate of disease. Most treatments today are ineffective and do not target the specific areas needed to affect the mortality rate of pancreatic cancer by a significant amount. 
 Student Project Team: Edward L., Shalin P., Ciro R. 
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

ISTF Project Number: 15-3015

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Post-chair
Problem/Research Statement: Students in school spend several hours sitting in desks that do not promote good back posture. Slouching in classroom chairs and leaning over desks leads to greater pressure on the spine, which in turn leads to back problems later in life. 
 Student Project Team: Sloan S., Tarah Y., Michelle H., Brooke C., Akshay M., Bijal M. 
Project Team Teacher: heather ferrara
School Name: winter park high school, winter park, fl
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Lesley Podberesky, Home

ISTF Project Number: 15-2994

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: KEM Carbon
Problem/Research Statement: Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that affects 20,000 to 30,000 people every year. This gas may seem harmless, but long exposures to carbon monoxide can lead to permanent brain and heart damage, and eventually death. This is a growing problem, and this must be stopped. 
 Student Project Team: Mike K., Evan W., Kristina Z. 
Project Team Teacher: Jennifer Birkmeier
School Name: Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Blaine High School, Blaine, MN
Principal: Mr. John Phelps, Principal

ISTF Project Number: 15-3055

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Protein Engineering
ISTF Project Title: Mutation Identification
Problem/Research Statement: The danger of tumors lies in their invisibility. Most modern screening techniques are unable to detect the tumors until itís too late. Thus, perfectly operable tumors are enabled to grow unmonitored, until they became a serious and fatal problem, taking the lives of millions. 
 Student Project Team: Julia S., Haneul S., Emily S. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 15-2974

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National Critical Technology Category: Manufacturing
Technical Application: Intelligent Processing Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Eyes on the Road
Problem/Research Statement: In todayís society, on both a local and international level, drivers experience many distractions including texting, adjusting the radio, and internet browsing. Also, impaired conditions, such as driving under the influence or sleep deprivation are causes of many injuries and fatalities due to car crashes. 
 Student Project Team: Emma P., Jarrett H., Kathryn A., Patricia A., Madison B., Vincent Z. 
Project Team Teacher: heather ferrara
School Name: winter park high school, winter park, fl
Technical Advisor:Dr. Shin-Tson Wu, University of Central Florida

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