Semifinalists 2012

2012 Semifinalist Teams

Entry Title:
The Biodiesel Weasels
Coach:
Michele King
School:
Pinnacle Charter School
City/State:
Federal Height, CO
Problem:
Increased transportation costs.
Solution:
"Top off" the fuel tanks of the district's buses with biodiesel fuel to help reduce transportation costs.

Entry Title:
Poor Man's Insulation
Coach:
Michele King
School:
Pinnacle Charter School
City/State:
Federal Heights, CO
Problem:
Increased heating costs in the school district.
Solution:
"Poor Man's Insulation" — insulation created using spray polyurethane and shredded paper, to help with energy savings in the school buildings.

Entry Title:
Zero Waste Team
Coach:
Martine Long
School:
Charter Oaks Academy
City/State:
Hockessun, DE
Problem:
Delaware landfills almost full to capacity.
Solution:
Outreach program consisting of residential curbside composting, business composting and composting education.

Entry Title:
BBG Bacteria Be Gone
Coach:
Debbie Viertel
School:
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
City/State:
Lakeland, FL
Problem:
Increased incidence of food-related illnesses caused by improperly cleansed sponges.
Solution:
A "box" or holder for sponges that contains a UV light for disinfection purposes.

Entry Title:
Chasing Methane
Coach:
Hector Ibarra
School:
STEMS Club
City/State:
Iowa City, IA
Problem:
Food waste in landfills producing methane gas that contributes to climate change.
Solution:
Waste-sorting program that separates organic waste, metal cans and landfill waste produced at restaurants.

Entry Title:
The Bright Idea
Coach:
Larry Lesh
School:
Memorial Park Middle School
City/State:
Fort Wayne, IN
Problem:
Lack of lighting in homes of those living in poverty in developing countries.
Solution:
Outreach effort to educate people in developing countries about bottle lighting and how to produce the maximum amount of light using this system.

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Entry Title:
Go Go Table
Coach:
Amy Steadman
School:
Derby Sixth Grade Center
City/State:
Derby, KS
Problem:
Lack of baby changing tables in public areas and establishments.
Solution:
"Go Go Table" — a portable changing table.

Entry Title:
Hip Explorers
Coach:
Annette Kubricki
School:
All Saints Regional Catholic School
City/State:
Manahawkin, NJ
Problem:
Increase in the number of hip fractures among the elderly.
Solution:
Five-step action plan including health, nutrition, exercise and home safety education, along with use of a hip-protecting garment.

Entry Title:
Crossfire
Coach:
Ryan Vinberg
School:
Island Trees Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Children not hearing smoke detectors when they go off.
Solution:
Placing smoke detectors in stuffed animals so that children will hear the detector when the alarm sounds.

Entry Title:
High Chair Guards
Coach:
Eileen Anderson
School:
Island Trees Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Infant and child injuries from high chairs tipping over.
Solution:
A bumper guard to prevent babies' and children's heads from hitting the floor if their high chair tips over.

Entry Title:
James Blondes
Coach:
Eileen Anderson
School:
Island Trees Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Candles falling over and starting fires.
Solution:
Gyroscopic candleholder that balances itself if it tips over.

Entry Title:
Nerdy Birdies
Coach:
Eileen Anderson
School:
Island Trees Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Puppy mills — facilities where dogs are mass-produced without consideration for their health or welfare.
Solution:
Education outreach program to inform the community about puppy mills.

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Entry Title:
Team Possible
Coach:
Ryan Vinberg
School:
Island Trees Memorial Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Elementary school students who do not like to read outside of school.
Solution:
A system that would reward students for reading books outside of school.

Entry Title:
The Sea Life Savers
Coach:
Ryan Vinberg
School:
Island Trees Memorial Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Danger to sea life from six-pack beverage can holders that are disposed of improperly.
Solution:
Redesigned, perforated beverage can holder that is easy to tear and that will not be harmful to sea life.

Entry Title:
The Unknown Legends
Coach:
Eileen Anderson
School:
Island Trees Memorial Middle School
City/State:
Levittown, NY
Problem:
Spreading germs from bathroom doors even after washing your hands.
Solution:
A foot pedal that attaches to the bottom of the bathroom door so that you can open the door with your foot instead of using your hand.

Entry Title:
Good for Your Back Backpack
Coach:
Brian Mulcahy
School:
Birch Lane Elementary School
City/State:
Massapequa, NY
Problem:
Injuries caused by heavy backpacks.
Solution:
A redesigned backpack that contains a lightweight frame to help appropriately distribute the pack's weight.

Entry Title:
Static Seat
Coach:
Brian Mulcahy
School:
Birch Lane Elementary School
City/State:
Massapequa, NY
Problem:
Static electricity fires at gas stations.
Solution:
A seat cover that discharges the static electricity created from getting in and out of a vehicle.

Entry Title:
Just Relax
Coach:
Wendy Wansor
School:
W.T. Clarke Middle School
City/State:
Westbury, NY
Problem:
Students' stress level before a troublesome day.
Solution:
Create a morning meditation-yoga club to help students relax throughout the day.

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Entry Title:
Let It Rain
Coach:
Cindy Dale
School:
W.T. Clarke Middle School
City/State:
Westbury, NY
Problem:
High cost of area water bills.
Solution:
Educate the community about the use of rain barrel collection systems for watering grass and outdoor plants.

Entry Title:
Mission Insaltable
Coach:
Cindy Dale
School:
W.T. Clarke Middle School
City/State:
Westbury, NY
Problem:
Too much salt in the daily diet and the health concerns it causes.
Solution:
Education outreach program to inform the public about the dangers of consuming too much salt in the daily diet.

Entry Title:
The Mold Squad
Coach:
Cindy Dale
School:
W.T. Clarke Middle School
City/State:
Westbury, NY
Problem:
Health concerns from mold-infested drywall as a result of flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
Solution:
Education outreach program to inform the community about a type of "mold-proof" insulation to use to rebuild their homes.

Entry Title:
Fracking Waste in Our Community
Coach:
Jeanette Rost
School:
Meadowbrook Middle School
City/State:
Byesville, OH
Problem:
Damage to the environment caused by contaminated waste from fracking.
Solution:
"The Sludger" — a three-step process that purifies sludge after fracking.

Entry Title:
The Miracle Filter
Coach:
Jessica Linnert
School:
St. John of the Cross
City/State:
Euclid, OH
Problem:
Diseases related to drinking unclean water.
Solution:
An inexpensive water-purifying system made from Iodine tablets and ceramic water filters.

Entry Title:
Fracking
Coach:
Ruth Partin
School:
Maranatha Christian School
City/State:
Sycamore Valley, OH
Problem:
Environmental contamination caused by gas drilling and horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Solution:
Create a baseline water testing database for the county.

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Entry Title:
"Cleanse," the Credit Card Cleaner
Coach:
Ellen Koenig
School:
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
City/State:
Philadelphia, PA
Problem:
Illness caused by handling dirty credit cards that have been swiped, dropped, and handled by multiple people.
Solution:
"Cleanse" — an attachment for credit card machines that would clean the credit card after it's been swiped.

Entry Title:
Lockdowns for the Future
Coach:
Daniel De Mara
School:
Strath Haven Middle School
City/State:
Wallingford, PA
Problem:
Insufficient lockdown procedures in schools across the country.
Solution:
Install a remote in each classroom that will set off an alarm to inform the school of a lockdown.

Entry Title:
S.L.I.D.E.: Solar Light Indicating Danger Ecologically
Coach:
Amy Schaffner
School:
STEM Science Team
City/State:
Roan Mountain, TN
Problem:
Playground equipment becoming hot enough to cause second- to third-degree burns.
Solution:
S.L.I.D.E.: A solar-powered warning system designed to detect surface temperature and to visually alert playground visitors when the surface becomes dangerously hot.

Entry Title:
Flame On!
Coach:
Laura Wilbanks
School:
Whiteface Science Rocks U
City/State:
Whiteface, TX
Problem:
Damage caused to homes from wildfires.
Solution:
Flame On: A redesigned roofing shingle that contains polymers to help reduce a rooftop's flammability.

Entry Title:
Healing Hands
Coach:
Laura Wilbanks
School:
Whiteface Science Rocks U
City/State:
Whiteface, TX
Problem:
Infections and complications arising from burn accidents.
Solution:
"Chilly Chilly Bang Bang" — a bioengineered ointment to stop infections in burn wounds.

Entry Title:
BASE Stability
Coach:
Miken Harnish
School:
Wheatland Middle School
City/State:
Wheatland, WY
Problem:
Involuntary shaking of extremities or tremors.
Solution:
A device that attaches to a utensil or cup and helps keep it stable so people with tremors can easily use it.

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