Winning Teams: Finalists 2008

Winning Teams

Finalists 2008
Entry Title:
PMSU: Portable Multi-Sensory Unit
Coach:
Rhonda Epstein
School:
Solana Pacific Elementary School
City/State:
San Diego, CA
Problem:
Children with severe multiple disabilities (SMD) often do not receive adequate sensory stimulation.
Solution:
PMSU: Portable Multi-Sensory Unit – a sensory stimulation device for severe multiple disabilities that is portable and adjustable.

Entry Title:
Quail Gone Quiet
Coach:
Suzanne Greenwood
School:
St. Therese School
City/State:
Parkville, MO
Problem:
The decline in Missouri's Bobwhite Quail population.
Solution:
Outreach program to educate the community about the importance and rehabilitation of the Bobwhite Quail population.

Entry Title:
Catch a Breath
Coach:
Stephen Kubricki
School:
All Saints Regional Catholic School
City/State:
Manahawkin, NJ
Problem:
Poor air quality at the school.
Solution:
Regulate the school's ventilation system on a timed computer-generated program as well as enact legislation to closely regulate schools' ventilation and air quality.

Entry Title:
Never Too Old to Learn or Never Too Young to Teach
Coach:
William Schmidt
School:
The Laurel Hill School
City/State:
East Setauket, NY
Problem:
Large number of people over the age of 60 who don't know how to use the Internet.
Solution:
Education outreach program to teach seniors how to use a computer.

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Entry Title:
Trash to Treasure
Coach:
Lindsay Young
School:
Bexley City Schools
City/State:
Bexley, OH
Problem:
Depletion of fossil fuels.
Solution:
Use the methane gas produced at landfills as an alternative source of energy.

Entry Title:
Backpack Attack!
Coach:
Nancy Sauers
School:
Holland Middle School
City/State:
Holland, PA
Problem:
Heavy backpacks causing back, neck and shoulder pain.
Solution:
Raise awareness of the harm caused by heavy backpacks, implement backpack-lightening habits and introduce the L-Pak, a device that turns a shoulder pack into a roller pack.

Entry Title:
Exhausted? We Are!
Coach:
Daryl Grantham
School:
Pin Oak Middle School
City/State:
Bellaire, TX
Problem:
Adjacent freeway polluting the school's air quality.
Solution:
Improve monitoring of air quality, institute steps to reduce emissions and initiate communication with the community about air pollution.

Entry Title:
Sunbusters: Safe-Tea Sunscreen
Coach:
Laura Wilbanks
School:
Science Rocks U
City/State:
Whiteface, TX
Problem:
Skin cancer.
Solution:
Outreach program to inform others about "sun safety" and creation of a fragrance- and chemical-free sunscreen formulated from green tea.

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