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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: 12-2661

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Building Technologies
ISTF Project Title: Shower Power
Problem/Research Statement: Because people are unaware of their impact on the environment, they waste time in showers, squandering both water and energy. This project intends to create shower systems that not only conserve energy through hydropower in drainage pipes but also display wasted water and energy on a monitor, encouraging environmental efficiency. 
 Student Project Team: Dylan H., Joseph C., Eric C., Kevin Q. 
Project Team Teacher: Erin Judd
School Name: Don Bosco Preparatory High School, Ramsey, NJ
Principal: Mr. John Stanczak, Principal
Technical Advisor:Mr. Richard Cole, Barry-Wehmiller Design Group
Technical Advisor:Mr. James Cohen, Barry Wehmiller Design Group

ISTF Project Number: 12-2671

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Environmental Monitoring
ISTF Project Title: Robo-Tile
Problem/Research Statement: Our problem is the presence of non-native invasive species in the Florida Everglades. These animals, like pythons, Taegu’s and the snake head fish are creating problems for the species native to this ecosystem.  
 Student Project Team: Sydney C., Nick E., C.J. D., Kalyan M., Jada M., Sofia A. 
Project Team Teacher: Lynn Karavanich
School Name: Hunter's Creek Elementary, Orlando, FL
Principal: Oscar Sanchez
Technical Advisor:Dr. Christa Diercksen, University of Central Florida
Technical Advisor:Mr. Kennon Hydock, Merck Sharpe & Dohme Co.

ISTF Project Number: 12-2670

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Integrated Navigation Systems
ISTF Project Title: The Blind Guider
Problem/Research Statement: There are millions of people in the United States that are legally blind. Blind people don’t know where they’re going and or what they’re running into. The Blind Guider will tell people where they are and when they’re about to walk into something dangerous.  
 Student Project Team: Skye G., Ian S., Nezaret E., Ashley R., Carley R., Christopher G., Victoria J., Hannah M., Abby W. 
Project Team Teacher: Joseph Lloyd
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Mr. Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 12-2707

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Modeling and Simulation
ISTF Project Title: Bully No More
Problem/Research Statement: Bully No More is an online video game that encourages children to stop bullying. Bullying is a big problem in the United States and it needs to stop. Bully No More is the perfect solution to eliminate bullying. It's interactive characters and realistic problems, children will know they're not alone.  
 Student Project Team: Tanner F., Will C., Audrey C., Angela S. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 12-2696

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Recombinant DNA Technologies
ISTF Project Title: The A Team
Problem/Research Statement: DNA is very complicated, and causes many problems at times. cancer is one of the many issues DNA causes. This new machine we will be creating will be able to locate the cancer chromosome. Our goal is to find the cancer mutation so we can bring some helpful information into the medical society. 
 Student Project Team: Samantha K., Alicia S., Calli K., Mikayla H. 
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: 12-2686

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Vaccines
ISTF Project Title: DNA Revolution
Problem/Research Statement: The spread of the HIV and AIDS virus without prevention. Once spread and present in the body.  
 Student Project Team: Riley P., Bridgette N., Emily L., Anna B. 
Project Team Teacher: Jennifer Birkmeier
School Name: Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Blaine High School, Blaine, MN
Principal: Mr. John Phelps, Principal
Technical Advisor:Mrs. Elizabeth Bierman, Honeywell

ISTF Project Number: 12-2653

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: RetroSpection
Problem/Research Statement: With an aging population, memory loss has become a pressing problem. 
 Student Project Team: Sara Z., Esther Yewoon C., Eric K., Kiran B. 
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: 12-2687

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Food Safety Assurance
ISTF Project Title: Food Safety Detective Crew (FSDC)
Problem/Research Statement: Many people in the United States have recently become seriously ill from food poisoning, most commonly, salmonella, specifically found in peanut butter. 
 Student Project Team: Cassandra D., Matthew P., Ricsey E., Michaela M. 
Project Team Teacher: Jennifer Birkmeier
School Name: Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Blaine High School, Blaine, MN
Principal: Mr. John Phelps, Principal
Technical Advisor:Mr. Greg Fedor, RTP Company

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