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    Blazing Radiance - Germantown, MD

    Team Summary: In an effort to detect forest fires early and prevent damage to life and property, team Blazing Radiance developed FICSS (Fire Indicators Combined to Save Souls). This product gets positioned in a forest, and when it detects a fire, it wirelessly transmits Geo-coordinates to authorities via email. It also displays the coordinates in real time on Google Maps at the receiving station, allowing firefighters to swiftly locate and extinguish the fire. Blazing Radiance is working to partner with firefighters and park rangers to refine their prototype and distribute their life-saving product.

    MADScientists - Naperville, IL

    Team Summary
    : Team MADScientists observed the problem of phosphorus runoff from artificial fertilizers affecting the ecosystem of local ponds and streams. They decided to investigate the use of natural alternatives from the existing phosphorous cycle to reduce the contribution of additional phosphorous. Their results showed comparable grass and soil quality with the natural products as well as slightly reduced phosphorus runoff with some natural products. The results support the replacement of artificial fertilizers with natural alternatives to reduce the phosphorus runoff. MADScientists shared their findings with their mayor and local authorities to encourage them to convert to natural fertilizing products.

    Gladiator 16 - Memphis, TN

    Team Summary: Research conducted by team Gladiator 16 revealed that cardiac arrest affects more than 350,000 people in the U.S. each year. These startling numbers led them to study the impact of CPR training for middle school students. Since blood circulation of an affected person needs to be restored in fewer than six minutes, the more people who are trained in CPR, the more likely lives can be saved. Team Gladiator 16 found that middle school students can effectively be trained in this life-saving process, and are working toward offering the program to their entire middle school population.

    Squeegee Feast - Jackson, MS

    Team Summary: After a particularly bad flu season in their school, team Squeegee Feast determined that a new cleaning system was necessary to help prevent illness. They created the Squage – a cordless, rechargeable cleaning machine that removes solid debris, absorbs liquid, removes sticky residue, and disinfects and sanitizes surfaces. The Squage performed well in tests, but Squeegee Feast is determined to make their prototype even safer and more effective in the future to improve the health of students and teachers at their school.

    Purple Bananas - Draper, UT

    Team Summary: Team Purple Bananas learned that more than 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to batteries or electricity, meaning no light source after the sun goes down. They explored alternative energy solutions and created a thermoelectric flashlight that runs on body heat rather than nonrenewable resources. The testing of their prototype showed great promise, creating at least ten lumens of light using only a person’s body heat in most temperatures. Further enhancements are being considered to keep the light shining brighter and longer.

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    TeamANKS - Clarksburg, MD

    Team Summary: Because pollution and global warming are growing concerns in the world today, TeamANKS decided to pursue a way to reduce greenhouse gasses, particularly nitrous oxide, from artificial fertilizers. They created the Model EFFE (Environmental Friendly Faming Efficiency) that includes a specially engineered organic TANKS fertilizer and a cloud-based automated watering system, the TANKS Farm Alarm (TFA). Together these products provide a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to harmful synthetic fertilizers. TeamANKS presented their proposal to the EPA and technology experts at Amazon.


    Aerogals - Lisle, IL

    Team Summary: Team Aerogals learned in their research that unpredictable weather patterns are becoming more common due to climate change and global warming. When wildfires, hurricanes, and snow storms hit, much of the focus is on disaster relief. Aerogals, however, decided to investigate a proactive rather than a reactive approach – creating easily deployable safety shelters. After testing various products, the team developed the Aerogal Shelter Cone, made of polyimide and cellulose aerogels around a steel framework. The team shared their ideas with representatives from FEMA as well as their city leaders.

    Ecstatic Statics - Madison, AL

    Team Summary: Batteries are bulky, expensive, and harmful to the environment if not discarded properly. Team Ecstatic Statics endeavored to find a solution to this problem by using the triboelectric effect to generate usable electricity while on the move. They created a Triboelectric Nanogenerator (TENG) that harnesses static electricity from the motion of walking. Their ultimate result is a lightweight, portable energy source that can power small electronics on the go while promoting exercise. They believe their product has both military and civilian applications, from exploring remote locations to producing electricity during power outages.


    Cricketeers - Lubbock, TX

    Team Summary: Solving world hunger is a global issue that team Cricketeers believes requires immediate action. To this end, they worked to identify a sustainable food source that provides densely packed nutrients using less water, less processing and less land to produce. Five potential food sources with low environmental impact were tested for protein percentages. Cricket flour was then used to create the Cricketeer Protein Cookie, a high protein meal replacement that can easily be transported overseas where they are most needed. The Cricketeers are working to distribute their product in India and other food insecure countries.

    Brainiacs with Blue - Portland, OR

    Team Summary: Storm water is filtered before it reaches lakes and rivers by bioswales, which help eliminate pollutants like nitrates and phosphates. Team Brainiacs with Blue endeavored to find a way to ensure that bioswales are working effectively while reducing the costs associated with quarterly inspection visits. They created a product that uses sensors to proactively detect key maintenance issues, such as moisture level and flow-through. The results are transmitted to local water management authorities through their BioPro app, which allows inspectors to target specific areas of need, thus saving up to 20% of maintenance costs.

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    DroneSquad - Ashburn, VA

    Team Summary: Team DroneSquad learned through their extensive research that Americans pay over $11 billion annually for litter clean-up. Despite programs aimed at encouraging the public to become eco-friendly, litter continues to have negative effects on society. Their approach seeks to motivate residents to clean up community litter. The DroneSquad integrated three components of modern technology: the drone took pictures of land; the team’s original program detected and identified litter; and their app, Litter.Finder, displayed the litter location to allow residents to dispose of the trash properly. They plan to add a point-reward system and refine their prototype to detect more forms of litter.


    Under Control - Lewis Center, OH

    Team Summary: Harmful algae blooms (HABs) are a major environmental problem both in the U.S. and globally. To combat the negative effects of HABs, team Under Control created the Biochar Infused Floating Island (BIFI), which is made of biochar, an eco-friendly organic solid that is rich in carbon and absorbs phosphorus from the water. During testing, the BIFI resulted in a 92% reduction in phosphorous, a significant amount greater than traditional chemical and ultrasonic treatments, with a lower cost and greater safety to marine life. Their local township will explore Under Control’s BIFI, testing it in a limited area before possibly expanding its use.


    Aguarico - Aguadilla, PR

    Team Summary: After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, team Aguarico learned firsthand the hazards of drinking contaminated water. They used this crisis to create a way to filter water and make it safe for consumption. Using steam collected from a solar water distiller in union with a secondary filter made of local, natural materials, the team created the Aguarico Distillation Filtration Device that produces safe drinking water from unsafe water in rivers, off rooftops, and out of faucets. Team Aguarico plans to deliver the devices throughout the island and to educate the community about how to create water purification systems.

    Hemophilia Hope - Bixby, OK

    Team Summary: Hemophilia, a genetic blood disorder that inhibits the clotting of blood, affects more than 20,000 Americans, one of whom is the friend and classmate of team Hemophilia Hope. The team aspired to create a sleeve to help people with hemophilia worry less about bruising and bleeding, so they could focus more on enjoying life. After considerable testing, Hemophilia Hope developed a sleeve using Sorbothane, to cushion impact, and Ballistic Nylon, to prevent cuts from sharp objects, surrounded by a flexible micro-fiber stretch knit to keep the sleeve in place. Hemophilia Hope would like to implement their sleeve by reaching out to doctors who work with hemophilia patients.

    Absolute Zero - Draper, UT

    Team Summary: Team Absolute Zero aims to eliminate the water shortage crisis throughout the world by creating a safe, inexpensive, durable and reusable water filter out of simple materials and methods. The H2 Whoa 2.0 filtration kit purifies water to meet the EPA guidelines without having to heat the water, which is especially important in areas without electricity. The kit is portable, easy to assemble, can be used up to ten times, and costs less than $2.50 USD. Absolute Zero hopes to distribute their kits locally and globally for disaster relief, philanthropic missions, or even for “just in case” scenarios

    Watch Showcase LIVE on Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 PM ET Here:

    Blackout - Andover, MA

    Team Summary: Prolonged power outages cost Americans about $70 billion each year, according to research conducted by team Blackout. In an effort to offset some of these losses, and to protect people from foodborne illnesses, they created a refrigerator adjunct that senses temperature and alerts owners through an app when their refrigerator has reached unsafe temperatures and for how long. This allows users to know if their food is safe to consume or if it must be discarded. Blackout believes their unit will save millions of dollars in food waste as well as saving lives lost from consuming spoiled food.

    Mission WaterSmart - Aurora, IL

    Team Summary: Fresh water is the most precious natural resource in the world, yet Americans waste more than 40,000 liters per household every year waiting for it to warm up before each use. To stop this waste, Mission WaterSmart created a device that attaches to a faucet and automatically heats water to a comfortable temperature as soon as the faucet is opened. Additionally, the device encourages water saving habits during activities such as toothbrushing. Initial testing showed water savings of 35,544 liters per year. Future plans include expanding the product to showerheads to conserve even more of this precious resource.


    ElectroHawks - Charlotte, NC

    Team Summary: The use of fossil fuels for electricity is polluting the air and depleting our resources. Team ElectroHawks found that some football stadiums use more than 24 million kilowatt hours per year to power their games. Rather than wasting these huge amounts of nonrenewable resources, they developed a way to harness the human kinetic energy in a stadium through electromagnetic induction. By inserting coils and magnets into stadium seats, the ElectroHawks were able to produce enough electricity to power 20% of a large football stadium, saving money and resources while reducing the stadium’s carbon footprint.


    MemoryTygers - Taos, NM

    Team Summary: Team MemoryTygers learned that recent studies link Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and diabetes to a cellular dysfunction called amyloidosis. Although the incidence of these illnesses is increasing overall, Chinese and Hispanic populations have significantly fewer occurrences of these neurodegenerative diseases. MemoryTygers investigated the natural remedies found in these cultures to produce a medicine that has the potential to reduce amyloidosis and the accompanying disorders. While their testing showed positive results, further investigation is needed. Team MemoryTygers believes they can develop an effective drug to reduce amyloid production and give people more time with their memories and their loved ones.

    Westview Wildcats - Portland, OR

    Team Summary: Approximately 44 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, according to research completed by team Westview Wildcats. One of the challenges associated with these disorders is the occurrence of panic attacks. While medication is often used after an attack occurs, the Westview Wildcats sought a way to help during the attack. They created a device, PAWS, that uses sensors to alert the wearer and bystanders of the occurrence of a panic attack. Further enhancements to their device will include features to soothe the patient during the attack. The Westview Wildcats plan to partner with local clinics to further develop and distribute their device.

    Team Bebi Davis - Honolulu, HI

    Team Summary: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that six- to twelve-million head lice infestations occur each year in American children aged three to eleven. Team Bebi Davis noted high incidence in Hawaii because the climate makes a perfect breeding ground for these parasitic pests. To combat the emotional, educational and financial losses caused by a lice infestation, they created a safe, affordable product that destroys lice and their eggs with 100% efficacy. They are planning to mass produce their product to make it available to families in their local area and worldwide.

    Whiz Kids - Lake Linden, Michigan

    Team Summary: Stamp sand is a waste product from copper mining in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Its migration along Lake Superior is damaging a fish spawning ground and a local marina. Team Whiz Kids investigated removing this waste product from the fish spawning areas and using it as a base for concrete. They found that a concrete mix using a combination of stamp sand and commercial sand met the compressive strength requirements for lightweight and ready-mix concrete. They have shared their findings with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are hoping to convince local concrete suppliers to use their findings to reduce the negative environmental impact of stamp sand.

    eCYBERMISSION’s National Judging & Educational Event

    2018 People’s Choice Award

    Official Contest Rules


    No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to vote for a team. A purchase will not increase chances of winning. These official rules apply to the 2018 National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) People’s Choice Award.The People’s Choice Award is administered and paid for by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). By entering, you are deemed to have read, accepted, and agreed to be bound by these official rules. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram.


    1. CONTEST PERIOD: All entrants will be able to vote on Thursday, June 21, from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. EST. Entrants will not be able to place votes before or after the time period.


    2. ELIGIBILITY: In order to compete, contestants must be a 2018 National Finalist or STEM-In-Action grant team in the eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). In addition, teams must be onsite at NJ&EE in Reston, VA Thursday, June 21, 2018 during the National Student Showcase.


    All 2018 NJ&EE student teams, including Team Advisor/Chaperones are NOT eligible to vote. Void where prohibited by law.


    3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: During the one-day contest period, entrants must vote once (per email account) for their favorite 2018 National Finalist team or STEM-In-Action grant recipient team at NJ&EE. There are several ways to participate: (a) vote and enjoy team presentations through the national showcase live stream; (b) visit; (c) if attending the national showcase, visit the "GOeCYBER” desk; (d) or view a full list of the 2018 national finalist and STEM-In-Action grant teamsAll entries must be submitted by the end of contest period. No entries will be accepted after 8:00 p.m. EST.


    Content Restrictions:


    • The entry must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;


    • The entry must not disparage any person or party affiliated with the contest;


    • The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;


    • The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
    • The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where entry is created.


    In the event of a dispute, the authorized account holder of the email account specified will be deemed to be the participant. NSTA reserves the right to terminate or re-run a contest and withhold the prize(s) if, in NSTA’s reasonable opinion, there are insufficient entries.


    4. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: One team will be awarded based on tabulated results from all legitimate votes received during the contest period, Thursday, June 21 from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. EST. The odds of a team winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

    5. PRIZE AND NOTIFICATION: The prize package consists of three or four (4) iPad. The winning team will be notified and awarded during the awards luncheon on Friday, June 22. Prizes must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions in cash or otherwise. NSTA reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. Winning team will be solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, provincial, territorial, state and local taxes and any other costs, expenses and fees associated with accepting and receiving the prize.




    6. LICENSE TO USE: By entering, each entrant grants to eCYBERMISSION an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable license of unlimited right, title, and interest in and to his/her entry, including, but not limited to, all copyright and trademark rights therein and thereto and all renewals and extensions thereof, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised.


    7. INTERNET: NSTA is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled entries for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest or by any technical or human error or fraud, which may occur in the processing of the entries. NSTA is not responsible for computer system, phone line, hardware, software, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures or delays in computer transmissions or network connections.

    NSTA is not responsible for any errors whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to, or in connection with, the contest including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the contest, the processing of entries, views, postings and/or shares (as applicable), the announcement of the prizes, or in any contest-related materials. NSTA reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual and void his or her entry for tampering with the entry process.

    8. RIGHT TO CANCEL, TERMINATE, MODIFY OR SUSPEND: If for any reason any aspect of this contest is not capable of running as planned, including by reason of computer virus, communications network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the control of NSTA, subject to applicable laws, NSTA may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest, or invalidate any affected Entries. In the event the contest is cancelled or terminated, NSTA reserves the right to conduct a random draw from among all eligible entries received up to the time of such action. In the event of such an occurrence, there may be a posted notice on www.ecybermission.comTwitter @ecybermission, or Facebook @GOeCYBER.


    9. PRIVACY: Please see eCYBERMISSION’s Privacy Policy for details regarding the use of personal information collected in connection with this contest. By participating, entrants agree to the collection and use of their personal information for the purposes of administrating this contest and awarding the prize(s) and as stated in eCYBERMISSION’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited by law, each team member of the winning team grants (and agrees to confirm this grant in writing, if requested) permission for eCYBERMISSION and those acting under its authority to use his/her name, photograph, biographical information, entry, voice and/or likeness for advertising and/or publicity purposes in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented or developed without territorial and without additional compensation, notification or permission, in perpetuity.


    10. RELEASE: By entering, and to the extent permitted by applicable laws, entrants agree: (a)

    to release NSTA and any third-party retained by or on behalf of NSTA for the purposes of executing and administering the contest and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, distributors, sales representatives, distributors, advertising, promotion and judging agencies and all other service agencies and providers involved with this contest and each of their officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, loss or damage incurred with respect to their participation in the contest and the awarding, receipt, possession, and/or use or misuse of any prize; and, (b) that under no circumstances will they be permitted to obtain awards for, and they hereby waive all rights to claim, any punitive, incidental, consequential or other damages including, but not limited to attorneys’ fees or other court costs, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.


    Any waiver of any obligation hereunder by NSTA does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation to entrants. By submitting an entry, you agree that your entry is gratuitous and made without restriction and will not place NSTA under any obligation, and NSTA is free to disclose the ideas contained in the entry, on a non- confidential basis, to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to you. You acknowledge that, by acceptance of your entry, NSTA does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to eCYBERMISSION, or developed by its employees or contractors or obtained from other entrants or sources other than you.


    Released parties do not guarantee the posting of any entry and may remove any entry at any time.


    11. GOVERNING LAW: This contest is governed by, subject to and is to be interpreted, construed and enforced in accordance with the federal, provincial, state, territorial and local laws of the United States without regard to conflict of law principles. Any dispute under these official rules shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the United States.


    12. VOTING RESULTS: For a list of the 2018 People’s Choice Award voting results, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 2018 NJ&EE People’s Choice Award Results, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. All requests for list of voting results must be received on or before July 15, 2018.