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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: 14-2854

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National Critical Technology Category: Energy
Technical Application: Renewable Energy
ISTF Project Title: "Don't stop me know!"
Problem/Research Statement: Today’s energy comes from non-renewable resources such as coal and fossil fuels, which are both limited and create a large amount of pollution. Our group will attempt to find a small, eco-friendly, energy alternative to lessen the use of fossil fuels.
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 Student Project Team: Dmitriy N., Madelaine S., Valentina M., Maria M., Gabrielle M. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

ISTF Project Number: 14-2851

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Pollution Control
ISTF Project Title: Trashbot
Problem/Research Statement: In our society Landfills are a problem. Landfills are one of the only man made landforms that can be seen from space. Just in Florida there are about 67 mountains of trash. Landfills are causing air pollution; therefore we are not breathing clean air. We’re putting trash in our lungs.  
 Student Project Team: Ethan N., Radames A., Christopher B., Alex L., Tanner F., Myles G. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 14-2849

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National Critical Technology Category: Environmental Quality
Technical Application: Environmental Monitoring
ISTF Project Title: Bears Be Gone
Problem/Research Statement: In our community there are problems with wild animals getting into trash cans. This can lead to bear attacks and big messes. This is bad for the people who have to clean up the mess and for the animals that eat the trash and get really sick or possibly die. 
 Student Project Team: Connor C., Jackson C., Will C., James W. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 14-2918

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Biocompatible Materials
ISTF Project Title: Limb,Limb
Problem/Research Statement: Due to medical diseases and life-changing injuries many people in the US are afflicted with amputated limbs. This medical condition limits people from living a normal life with many memorable experiences. With our brand new product we will give people the opportunity to do basic tasks such as walking and at the same time there limb will be growing back and regenerating.  
 Student Project Team: Michael A., Hani A., Michael G. 
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: 14-2850

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: Stop A Drop
Problem/Research Statement: Every year about 2 million people are diagnosed with clogged arteries. Our solution to this problem is a natural antioxidant rich food serum to inject to the body to eliminate the possibility of clogged arteries. All of the ingredients are natural, so there are no chemicals going into the body. ¬  
 Student Project Team: Chris M., Ashley F., Jolie H., Sydney T. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

ISTF Project Number: 14-2870

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Food Safety Assurance
ISTF Project Title: P.O.S.E.I.D.A.N. (Portable Oasis Station Eliminating Impurities Diseases and Nutrient-Pollution)
Problem/Research Statement: In many parts of the world, it is a challenge to find CLEAN, SAFE drinking water. In the humid tropical regions of the world, the main source of water (rivers) are often rife with diseases and harmful bacteria. 
 Student Project Team: Matthew D., Lukas D., Grayson B., Yael D., Will H. 
Project Team Teacher: Sarah Critcher
School Name: Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

ISTF Project Number: 14-2919

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Advanced Human Machine Interfaces
ISTF Project Title: The Heart Helpers
Problem/Research Statement: Heart disease is the number one killer in America. We are looking to create a more efficient method of preventing one specific type of heart disease, coronary artery disease.  
 Student Project Team: Alessandro D., Philip H., Amey P. 
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: 14-2921

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National Critical Technology Category: Living Systems
Technical Application: Medical Devices and Equipment
ISTF Project Title: The ErgoSeat Awakening
Problem/Research Statement: From students to the daily cubicle workers, seats are a major part of life. However, most of these average, everyday seats, cause back pain to many. Back pain presents a significant problem to our youth, working men and women, and our older generation. 
 Student Project Team: Antonia L., Kyra A., Seo jeong C. 
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: 14-2848

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National Critical Technology Category: Transportation
Technical Application: Intelligent Transportation Systems
ISTF Project Title: Backseat Heat
Problem/Research Statement: Heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, in the United States is on the rise. In the past two years alone, there have been 70 documented cases of reported deaths. Our project, Feel the Heat, will use thermo and comparison sensors to save the lives of children left in cars.  
 Student Project Team: Angela S., Aila D., Audrey C. 
Project Team Teacher: Mary Timmerman
School Name: Sterling Park Elementary, Casselberry, FL
Principal: Frank Haynie

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