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National Medal of Technology Award

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: 09-2079

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Super Scopes
Problem/Research Statement: In the tests today, ovarian cancer can only be diagnosed with absolute certainty by completely removing the ovary, during which time it can not be inserted back in, even if the tumor was benign and not malignant. We want to find a way to biopsy ovarian cancer without removing the ovary. 
 Student Project Team: Sarien N., Mazen K., Ali H., Warda A., Ali F. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Griffin
School Name: Dearborn Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Dearborn, MI
Principal: Winifred Green, Director
Technical Advisor:Dr. Maya Hammoud, University of Michigan Medical School

ISTF Project Number: 09-2026

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Aqua Safe
Problem/Research Statement: In Florida our lakes, rivers and oceans are being polluted by unnecessary oil leaks, and spills. Aqua-Safe is a unique non-petroleum based lubricant made from biodegradable, environmental friendly materials, is more cost efficient than petroleum, and at the same time it will not pollute marine environments worldwide.  
 Student Project Team: Antyjuan R., Sarah M., Clayton R., Colton W., Jacob B. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 09-2086

National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Education Training Software
ISTF Project Title: Real Time
Problem/Research Statement: Students that are studying for careers in the medical field go through a rough transition between bookwork and hands-on work, and need a better way to prepare for upcoming medical procedures. 
 Student Project Team: Ashani R., Shruthi T., John B., Alexander G. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye
Technical Advisor:Mr. Peter Kovacs, Holografika

ISTF Project Number: 09-2067

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: Skin Cancer Detector
Problem/Research Statement: People die from diseases all the time. Sometimes they die from diseases that are undetected. If we are able to detect them sooner, we may be able to stop them and save more lives. 
 Student Project Team: Kaitlin K., Marwa F., Ali E., Jenna M. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Griffin
School Name: Dearborn Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Dearborn, MI
Principal: Winifred Green, Director
Technical Advisor:Dr. James Fordyce, Dearborn Allergy & Asthma Clinic, PC

ISTF Project Number: 09-2151

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: BIDD- Bodily Infection Disposal Device
Problem/Research Statement: Illnesses, diseases, and early death, all of these need to be prevented. Florida needs chronic disease protection and prevention.  
 Student Project Team: Adam C., Maya H., Alyssa M., Vandon M., Brittany P., Jessie S., Samantha T., Spencer B., Olivia J., Perry F., Haley K. 
Project Team Teacher: Judy Wall-Townsend
School Name: Carillon Elementary, Oviedo, FL
Principal: Dr. Marian Cummings
Technical Advisor:Ms. Pamela Baker, Gastroenterology Specialists

ISTF Project Number: 09-2139

National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Bioremediation
ISTF Project Title: C02 Eating Bacteria
Problem/Research Statement: People are using too many fossil fuels. The result of this is increased CO2 in the atmosphere among many other gases. This can cause things like smog, acid rain, and maybe even global warming 
 Student Project Team: Yosselin A., Catherine H., Madison K., Julie D., Olivia B. 
Project Team Teacher: Jann Hypes
School Name: Osbourn High School, Manassas, Va
Principal: Mr. John J. Conti

ISTF Project Number: 09-2027

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Bacterial/Viral Detection/Screening
ISTF Project Title: Clean Sweep
Problem/Research Statement: Clean Sweep is a viral detection bio-scanner that helps to prevent the spread of bacteria. This handheld sensor will scan for bacteria in public places. It allows individuals to scan, locate, clean and eliminate harmful germs from common objects touched by people throughout the day in a variety of establishments.  
 Student Project Team: Akasha B., Sergiu T., Madison R., Tiana S., Kaleigh E., Nacavia J., Sara D., Kaylan M. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 09-2096

National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: P.B Steam-O
Problem/Research Statement: It seems that not recycling has become the norm for the United States. This normality is slowly depleting our natural resources and the common necessities that humans come encounter with on a daily basis. This dilemma is not only a pandemic but also rapidly increasing in strength.
 
 Student Project Team: Yeonhoo S., Ganok P., Janice Y., Sara D., Brendan G. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye

ISTF Project Number: 09-2195

National Critical Technology Category: Transportation
Technical Application: Intelligent Transportation Systems
ISTF Project Title: Modern Roundabouts: You Only Go Around Once
Problem/Research Statement: In America there are over 6,500,000 automobile accidents resulting in over 44,000 deaths. Many of these accidents and fatalities occur in traffic-lighted intersections, and they shouldn't. With over 32 vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian conflict points, as well as promoting high speed transit and having many different degrees of conflict, traffic lights should be done away with. 
 Student Project Team: ROSS P., BRETT C., JAMIE O. 
Project Team Teacher: Lowanda McFadden
School Name: Highland Oaks Middle School, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL
Principal: Dawn Baglos
Technical Advisor:Mr. ari Odzer, WTVJ-NBC 6

ISTF Project Number: 09-2103

National Critical Technology Category: Transportation
Technical Application: Intelligent Transportation Systems
ISTF Project Title: Little Fire, Big Boom
Problem/Research Statement: Today, we have way too many fatal car wrecks including fire. So, we came up with an idea to have the sensor that triggers the airbag also trigger a fire extinguisher located in the engine to simultaneously cover the engine and gas tank. This will cause the fire to halt before it reaches you. 
 Student Project Team: Gabby L., Jamie N., Lydia G., Clayton M., Ryan S., Emma P. 
Project Team Teacher: Petra Fahnestock
School Name: Choices In Learning Elementary Charter School, Longwood, FL
Principal: Shannon McCutcheon, Principal
Technical Advisor:Mr. Luke Helenthal, United Space Alliance, LLC.
Technical Advisor:Mr. Michael Ferrante, Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division

ISTF Project Number: 09-2074

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Protein Engineering
ISTF Project Title: The Creation of The Cure
Problem/Research Statement: Many people throughout the world are living with incurable diseases such as cancer. Cancer spreads and takes over vital organs and hinders the ability for these vital organs to work properly. 
 Student Project Team: Nathan K., Charien F., Mohamad E., Maryrose D., Danya B. 
Project Team Teacher: Donna Griffin
School Name: Dearborn Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Dearborn, MI
Principal: Winifred Green, Director
Technical Advisor:Mr. Bahae Ebrahem AL-Tawil, St.Joseph Mercy Hospital of AnnArbor

ISTF Project Number: 09-2085

National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Advanced Human Machine Interfaces
ISTF Project Title: Terrain 20/20
Problem/Research Statement: Army soldiers, when going into combat in a foreign area, often do not fully understand the battleground. Inevitably, this gives native enemies an advantage in war. Furthermore, soldiers’ violent memories and encounters frequently lead to emotional difficulties, like post-traumatic stress. 
 Student Project Team: Leora A., Charles G., Jeewan A., Daniel R. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Daniel Jaye

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