Spotlight on the Sixth Grade, Southeast Region, First Place Team; Team Charger 7

Team Name: Team Charger 7
Region: Southeast
Grade: 6
School: Providence Day School
City, State: Charlotte, North Carolina
Team Advisor: Barbara Morrow
Students: Abigail Cochell, Colby James, Haley Ritchie, Colton Weatherup
Mission Challenge: Alternative Sources of Energy

“Team Charger 7” was recognized by judges for investigating a way to create a solar-powered shirt that could charge an iPod without the need of a traditional battery. The team created the iPod circuit using a voltage regulator, iPod, iPod USB cord, and solar panels. Once created, the iPod circuit was sewn into a t-shirt with an attachment for a solar panel. The device was then tested by numerous individuals in the community while exercising. The team was successful in creating a solar-powered shirt that would begin charging an iPod the moment the user stepped outside. The team hopes to improve its invention by expanding its knowledge of alternative sources of energy and perhaps applying its device to backpacks, hats, safety vests and other apparel.

Each student on "Team Charger 7" 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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