Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spotlight on the Ninth Grade, Northeast Region, First Place Team; HUGE

Team Name: HUGE
Region: Northeast
Grade: 9
School: Roslyn High School
City, State: Roslyn Heights, New York
Team Advisor: Allyson Weseley
Students: Anvit Kalra-Lall, Ross Kaplan, Andrew Penner
Mission Challenge: Alternative Sources of Energy

Team “HUGE” was recognized by judges for its research on finding an alternative source of energy to help contribute to solving the world’s energy crisis. The students focused on capturing kinetic energy generated by walking. The team measured three methods of generating and capturing electricity – electromagnetic induction, solar power, and piezoelectricity. The team created wearable devices that could be fastened to a shoe to measure the effectiveness of each of the three methods of generating electricity. The electricity was then stored in a capacitor on a circuit board, which was attached to the device. Electricity was successfully generated and stored from electromagnetic induction, solar power, and piezoelectric technologies. The team found that solar technology gave better storable charge than the expected electromagnetic technology. The team hopes to use its findings to incorporate the new nanomaterials into shoes or other apparel.

Each student on HUGE has won $3,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army, and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington D.C. in June to present their final projects and compete for an additional $5,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

To view the full list of the 2010-2011 eCYBERMISSION state and regional winning teams, click here.

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