June 08, 2005 03:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Winners in One of the World's Largest K-12 Student Science Competitions Present Their Incredible Inventions and Ideas!; 2005 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Winners Gather in Washington D.C.
WHAT: Eight national winning student teams of the 13th annual ExploraVision Awards Program will present their incredible inventions and ideas for future technologies. The winning students, ranging from grades K-12, will use prototype models and websites to explain their projects. -- Living Impaired Future Eye (L.I.F.E.): This unit allows blind people to walk without a cane. (O'Fallon, MO) -- VEWS: Volcano Early Warning System: Uses GPS to relay an emergency signal that informs people of the best safety route in volcano or mud slide prone areas. (Oak Harbor, WA) -- Visible-Light Photocatalysis: Uses nanotechnology to detoxify and clean polluted water and air. It can also clean facilities such as hospitals to prevent the spread of disease. (Lyndhurst, OH) -- Earthquake Detection:7400 Leagues Above the Sea: This is an early-warning tsunami detection system that uses satellites to detect electromagnetic waves and magnetic fields week before the impending event. (Highland Park, NJ) -- MiraclEyes 3000: A multi-sensory aid for the blind that uses radar, GPS, and mapping software to provide real-time walking directions in any city in the world, in any language. (North Reading, MA) -- The Appy-Bot: A gel-cap that eliminates the need for appendectomies in the future by using nanotechnology to repair a patient's appendix. (Amherst, NY) Microbe ID System: A handheld device that is used to identify the microbes that cause a patients illness by drawing samples of air from a patient's breath and observing how the particles react with specific MID sensors. (Loomis, CA) -- Body M.A.S.S.: A minimally invasive artificial intelligence system that monitors vital signs and nutrient mineral levels. Worn as clothing, it allows patients to monitor their health and provide information to their doctors. (Toronto, Canada) WHO: Student Inventors, Toshiba Executives, National Science Teachers Association Executives, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Deputy Undersecretary and Deputy Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stephen Pinkos. VISUALS: -Prototype models of student inventions and student-developed websites -The Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C. will issue a proclamation declaring June 10th ExploraVision Science & Technology Day WHEN: Friday, June 10th 10:00AM - 11:45AM -- One-on-one media interviews with students, teachers and executives 11:45AM - 1:00PM -- Science Showcase Presentation WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor