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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: 13-2784

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Bye-Bye Plastic and Styrofoam, Hello Biodegradable
Problem/Research Statement: Any time food is packaged to go either at a restaurant or store, it is almost always a Styrofoam or plastic container that it is put in. It takes hundreds of years for these containers to break down in landfills and just takes up more space.  
 Student Project Team: Gigi Y., Jennifer N., Alyssa V., Kathryn T., Lexi G. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Dr. Emily Cranston, McMaster University

ISTF Project Number: 13-2768

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Nanotechnology for Clean Water
Problem/Research Statement: Access to clean water is one of the ten Grand Challenges identified by the National Academies. Over 800 million people do not have access to safe water. World population growth and agricultural/industrial usage make the existing water resources increasingly scarce. New technology needs to be developed to improve water recycling. 
 Student Project Team: Katherine G., Farrah K., Willa Q., Tony L. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Mr. Josh Bazata, UCF Nanoscience Technology Center

ISTF Project Number: 13-2773

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Environmental Monitoring
ISTF Project Title: DAD - Defend All Dogs
Problem/Research Statement: Our problem is that dogs are being attacked by snakes in our community. This is happening in our own yards. The snakes are dangerous and the attacks can be fatal.  
 Student Project Team: Addison J., Chaya W., Braden A., Ayesha A., Zakaria H., Grace K., Brock A. 
Project Team Teacher: Lynn Karavanich
School Name: Hunter's Creek Elementary, Orlando, FL
Principal: Oscar Sanchez

ISTF Project Number: 13-2779

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Large-Scale Information Systems
ISTF Project Title: Pragmatically Searching Big Data: The Re-Examination of Cataloguing and Searching Massive Databases
Problem/Research Statement: How can conglomerates, organizations, and consumers alike ameliorate their ability to easily search “big data” (massive concentrations of data), where these newly streamlined
retrieval processes facilitate workflows, function under the duress of several databases with a great degree of precision and speed, maximize efficiency, and catalogue valuable information? 
 Student Project Team: James O., Shawn D., Matthew B. 
Project Team Teacher: Brett Moreland
School Name: Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ
Technical Advisor:Mr. Mark Siemon, Don Bosco Prep

ISTF Project Number: 13-2796

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Autonomous Robotic Devices
ISTF Project Title: IC Bracelet
Problem/Research Statement: With a large population of people aging daily, blindness and visual impairments are becoming a more relevant issue in todays society. Although things likes seeing eye dogs exist, some people are allergic to dogs, and others need a more reliable aid to their eyesight. 
 Student Project Team: Jason J., Laura K., Burkett H., Sophia K. 
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: 13-2766

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Education Training Software
ISTF Project Title: Simulation-Based Military Training
Problem/Research Statement: Complicated virtual reality programs used for military training are expensive and focus more on using tactics in specific contexts than developing basic skills like reflexes and quick-thinking. Information-based lessons lack interactive application of the information taught or are given separately from it, making learning less engaging for trainees. 
 Student Project Team: Mason M., Jessica N., Marion D., Jordan K., Jeff V. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Mr. Bobby Adams, Home

ISTF Project Number: 13-2758

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National Critical Technology Category: Information & Communication
Technical Application: Integrated Navigation Systems
ISTF Project Title: Safe Surfin'
Problem/Research Statement: Around the world, approximately 50 to 70 surfers each year are injured or killed do to shark attacks. This is the result of surfers not being able to defend themselves around a carnivorous shark. Too many injuries and deaths have occurred worldwide in our oceans, and Safe Surfin' is the solution.  
 Student Project Team: Christopher M., Avery B., Aila D., Jackson C., Samantha E., Angie S. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 13-2795

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Alle-Kazam
Problem/Research Statement: Fifty-five percent of people in the US have been tested positive to one or more allergies. These people live in constant vigilance, not knowing whether or not the environment that they are exposed to are safe. Essentially, there is almost no way to detect the allergens in any given environment. 
 Student Project Team: Ethan Z., Greg V., Victoria S. 
Project Team Teacher: Evelyn Rios
School Name: Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Principal: Mr. Russ Davis

ISTF Project Number: 13-2760

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Super Hearing 6000
Problem/Research Statement: There are 360 million http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/ deaf people in the world. The ability to hear sound and to experience life to its fullest is limited to those who are not hearing impaired. Super Hearing 6000 will grant people with hearing loss the important sense of being able to hear fantastic sounds. 
 Student Project Team: Hannah C., Belen L., Jolie H., James W., Connor C. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 13-2751

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Noise Filtering Incubators: Reducing Infant Ear-itation
Problem/Research Statement: Preterm infants kept in incubators are exposed to an excessive amount of noise in the NICU on a regular basis. This noise can cause both immediate issues for the child such as increase heart rate, blood pressure, and overall stress, as well as long time developmental problems. 
 Student Project Team: Fiona C., Josh W., Matthew R., Stefan N., Katelyn C. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Technical Advisor:Mr. Stewart Solomon, The Bimeco Group

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