Spotlight on the Sixth Grade, Northeast Region, First Place Team; Team Genius
School: West Woods Upper Elementary
City, State: Unionville, Connecticut
Team Advisor: Kavita Saxena
Students: Allison Barone, Vivake Kumar, Alok Murthy, Thomas Peters
Mission Challenge: Environment
“Team Genius” was recognized for its efforts to create a device that would eliminate phantom leaks in electricity, which occur when an electronic device is left plugged in when not in use. Focusing their research on cell phone chargers, the students created a charger that emitted a buzzing noise when it was plugged in but not connected to a cell phone. They distributed a survey to members of their community asking about their current cell phone charging habits, and asked if the buzzing charger would affect their habits. Their study found that the majority of people surveyed know that leaving a charger plugged in can waste electricity, but many do not do anything about it. Seventy percent of those surveyed said that a buzzing charger would lead them to unplug the charger when not in use. Based on its results, the team hopes to create a device that not only emits a buzzing noise when not in use, but also beeps when a cell phone is fully charged. With this device, the team hopes to reduce the adverse environmental and monetary effects that can be caused by phantom leaks.
Each student on Team Genius 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.