Winning Teams: Finalists 2009

Winning Teams

Finalists 2009
Entry Title:
Ergo-PAD (Ergonomic Posture Alignment Device)
Coach:
Rhonda Epstein
School:
Carmel Valley Middle School
City/State:
San Diego, CA
Problem:
Poor body posture when using computers.
Solution:
Ergo-Pad: A device which fosters proper posture while sitting in a chair.

Entry Title:
Recycle Because You Care
Coach:
Dawn O'Brien
School:
St. Philip the Apostle School
City/State:
Addison, IL
Problem:
How to convince and educate the community on the importance of recycling.
Solution:
Outreach effort to make the community aware of the recycling program, why it's important and to supply recycling bins for every household.

Entry Title:
Oddly Charged Particles
Coach:
Sally Blackburn
School:
Selvidge Middle School
City/State:
Ballwin, MO
Problem:
Increase in cost of the school's electric usage.
Solution:
Vending Misers: A device for vending machines that manages the machine's electrical output and saves electricity.

Entry Title:
Project EINSTEIN
Coach:
Kelly Sedlazek
School:
Keyport Central School
City/State:
Keyport, NJ
Problem:
Speech disorders, neurological disorders and lower achievement caused by vitamin deficiencies.
Solution:
Created a pacifier that holds powder vitamins and encourages the mouth to become stronger while dispensing the needed vitamins.

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Entry Title:
Call of the Wild
Coach:
Stephen Kubricki
School:
All Saints Catholic School
City/State:
Manahawkin, NJ
Problem:
Natural habitats being lost to suburban sprawl.
Solution:
Outreach effort to educate the community about the plight of the endangered species.

Entry Title:
The Hot Heads
Coach:
Eileen Anderson
School:
Island Trees Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Lethal damage caused by house fires.
Solution:
Redesigned the smoke detector to include LED lights and sound that not only notifies victims of a fire, but also helps them find the way out of the house.

Entry Title:
S.T.O.P. — Stop Throwing Out Pharmaceuticals
Coach:
Jennifer Bierhuizen
School:
The Christopher Columbus Club
City/State:
Culpeper, VA
Problem:
Pharmaceuticals and medications are polluting our water resources, potentially harming the community.
Solution:
Developed an outreach program to educate the community about the dangers of throwing away old medicine and held a "pharmacy drive" where people dropped off old medicines.

Entry Title:
Vertical Axis Vikings
Coach:
Jeff Pipitone
School:
Dane County Robotics
City/State:
Stoughton, WI
Problem:
Economic and environmental impacts of current energy sources.
Solution:
Improve the efficiency of the Savonius wind turbine as an alternative energy source.

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